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Thu August 26, 2010
PAWS glitches didn't impact students
By Bob Beck
Casper, Wy –
It appears that despite some technical problems few students' scores,if any, were impacted while taking the statewide student assessment test this year. The on-line portion of the test known as PAWS had a number of glitches and it led to frustration in several school districts. But analyst Rich Hill conducted a third party review of this year's PAWS results and he doubts that many students were negatively impacted.
"We found out that the impact was small if at all. Students continued to work very hard on the test this year and produced scores that were equivalent to scores they produced last year."
In fact, Hill says most scores improved. Hill presented his findings to a select legislative committee looking at re-tooling Wyoming's school funding model.