(Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students–Alternate)
Wyoming’s alternate assessment, Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students–Alternate (PAWS–ALT), is designed for a small number of students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. It's part of a statewide instructionally supportive assessment system which complies with the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA).
Wyoming has rigorous academic standards for all students. The Wyoming Department of Education believes that the results of the PAWS-ALT, along with other measures of student performance, will enable teachers to provide individualized academic instruction to enable students to achieve high standards of academic performance and improve instructional programs. A student's participation in the PAWS-ALT is appropriate when the Individualized Education Program Team has determined that the student's academic achievement is best measured by Alternate Academic Achievement Standards, consistent with Wyoming's participation requirements.