WPR News
8:18 pm
Tue May 17, 2005

Wyoming's Old Education Test One of the Toughest in U.S.

Laramie, Wy – A study comparing each state's student assessment test to a test given nationally shows that Wyoming's old exam was a tough one. Under the federal No Child Left Behind Act states must create a test and define proficiency. This study says Wyoming's is one of the five most difficult. But, next year students in this state will take a new assessment exam. Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction, Annette Bohling, says with the change they do expect more students to show they are proficient, but not because they are making it easier. Rather because they are making the test questions clearer and giving students a chance to take it a second time with different questions.
Bohling says they are NOT dumbing down the test at all and she expects students to do better on the national test next year as well.