Casper, Wy – The state Department of Education is urging the state not to get rid of the Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming students or PAWS test. The assessment test has come under fire and both State Superintendent candidates say they want to replace it. But Jim Popham who advises the state on assessments told a select education committee that it is the best test ever made. Others said problems came in other areas, but not with the content of the test. The committee will make recommendations to the full legislature on how to craft a new school funding model that is used to fund Wyoming Public Schools.