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Volume 22, Number 2
March/April 2006

Red Light, Green Light

Wyoming’s new accountability tests provide “traffic signals” to help teachers improve instruction


Late last November, a small group of elementary school teachers gathered in Laramie, Wyoming, to field test a unique approach to reporting scores on Wyoming’s newly designed statewide accountability tests. Their goal: to see if they could arrive at a consistent process for making clear, practical, teacher-to-teacher recommendations on ways to fine-tune instruction, based on student scores.

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    For Further Information

    Commission on Instructionally Supportive Assessment. “Building Tests to Support Instruction and Accountability.” October 2001. Available online at

    W.J. Popham. America’s “Failing” Schools: How Parents and Teachers Can Cope with No Child Left Behind. New York: Routledge, 2005.

    Proficiency Assessment for Wyoming Students (PAWS), Wyoming Dept of Education.