Statewide Alternate Assessment: WY-ALT
WY-ALT, is designed for a small number of students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. The results of the WY-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 WY-ALT is appropriate when the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team has determined that the student’s academic achievement is best measured by WYCPES.
The WY-ALT is an assessment aligned to the Wyoming Extended Content and Performance Standards which allows students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in an appropriately rigorous assessment. Students in grades 3-10 are tested in English language arts and Mathematics. Additionally, students in grades 4, 8, and 10 are tested in Science.
The WY-ALT is an individually administered student performance assessment which allows students to demonstrate their mastery of grade-level-content that is aligned to grade-level WYCPES which specify essential learning for all students who participate in the WY-ALT. The WYCPES, though reduced in breadth, depth and complexity, are linked to the WYCPS and define the knowledge and skills which students are expected to master at appropriate levels of challenge. Teachers ensure access to the general academic curriculum through teaching and learning opportunities aligned to the extended Academic Benchmarks. Teachers employ a wide range of instructional strategies as determined by a student’s individual learning characteristics and communication modes and levels, and through the use of adapted, grade-level appropriate materials. Students who are using the WYCPES can receive instruction in the general education classroom and can graduate with a high school diploma or a certificate of completion.