Testing company agrees with analysis of PAWS

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The company that administers Wyoming's student assessment tests says it agrees with an independent analysis that technical problems this year did not affect how well students scored.

NCS Pearson spokesman Adam Gaber says the company's top priority is accurate scores.

This year's mostly online version of the Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students, or PAWS, was beset with technical problems. The problems were so widespread that the state is seeking to have some test results thrown out and is going back to a handwritten testing format next year.

But a report released Thursday says the problems didn't affect how well students did on the test.

However, state Education Department officials say the report's limited scope still leaves doubt about the reliability of the test's results.