Results released Thursday by the Wyoming Department of Education show that students performed worse on this year’s standardized test than they did last year.
The Proficiency Assessment for Wyoming Students—or PAWS—measures students’ aptitude in math, reading and science. The test is taken by students in grades 3 through 8.
Last year, 58 percent of fourth-graders scored proficient on reading. This year, less than 52 percent did. Math scores didn’t drop as sharply as reading—and actually rose slightly for some grade levels.