The Wyoming Department of Education says that proficiency rates declined in recent PAWS testing in the state, and for most categories, Albany County Schools are no exception.

The Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students or PAWS test results were released on Wednesday.  The test is Wyoming’s state assessment for grades 3-8, and is used to measure students’ progress towards Wyoming content standards as well as federal and state accountability determinations.

Albany County School District #1 is showing a decline in students being shown as "proficient and advanced" in most grades and content areas.

Albany County students in grades 3-8 are tested in Math and Reading.  Students in grades 4 and 8 were tested in Science as well.

These declines in Albany County are not across the board, however.  ACSD #1 shows improvements for math in Grades 4, 5 and 7 as compared with PAWS results for the 2011-2012 school year.  Grade 7 also shows improvements in reading.  This, according to aggregate data on the PAWS results from the Wyoming Department of Education.

The lowest level of proficiency in the county is 8th grade science, at  56.31% which is down 2.34% from the previous school year.  The highest proficiency was shown in 3rd grade math at 89.46%, which is also down from last year by 3.02%

Complete PAWS results for Albany County, as well as the rest of the state can be found here:

“While these test results indicate a need to continue work of schools and the WDE to improve student success, I would caution that they not be interpreted as an indictment of the ongoing work to improve educational outcomes. We are committed to helping school staff across the state make the transition to teaching and assessing the new standards,” said WDE Director, Rich Crandall, of the statewide PAWS results. “The higher expectations that come with more rigorous standards will ultimately benefit all Wyoming students.”