- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The state House of Representatives has given initial approval to a bill that would make changes to Wyoming’s current statewide K-12 assessment.

The state currently administers the Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students, or PAWS, to students in grades three through eight each year in math and reading and grades four and eight in science.

House Bill 19 authorizes a new test for English language arts and math in grades three through 10 and science in grades four, eight and 10.

It also mandates that no more than 1 percent of instructional time be spent on taking state tests.

In addition, the 11th grade ACT could no longer be used to measure student achievement on state standards.

Thursday’s action means the bill faces two more readings on the House floor.


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