WPR News
8:47 pm
Mon April 12, 2010

Wyo. schools reports many problems with PAWS test

Cheyenne, Wyo. – State schools Superintendent Jim McBride says this year's student assessment testing scores should not be used to judge whether Wyoming schools are meeting federal education goals.

McBride made the announcement Monday after hearing some 30 local school district superintendents from around the state report problems with this year's Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students, or PAWS, test.

The online statewide standardized test saw a host of problems that left school staff and students frustrated and questioning its credibility.

McBride says his department will work to fix the test. Since the test is used to measure school performance under federal law, McBride is telling federal education officials that this year's test data is not reliable for such a measure.