This overview of the Wyoming Accountability in Education Act (WAEA) was prepared by the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE). The Wyoming Legislature Select Committee on Statewide Education Accountability and its Advisory Committee, along with a contracted consultant, proposed a basic outline for accountability to the 2012 legislature. The members of the Select and Advisory Committees are listed on the last page of this document. The bill was introduced, amended multiple times by the 2012 Wyoming state legislature, and passed as Senate File 0057. It became Enrolled Act 65 and was signed into law by Governor Matt Mead on March 21, 2012.
There are several stated goals of the legislation. These goals are intended to achieve the following:
- See Wyoming become a national education leader among states;
- Ensure all students leave Wyoming schools career or college ready;
- Recognize student growth and increase the rate of that growth for all students;
- Recognize student achievement and minimize achievement gaps;
- Improve teacher, school, and district leader quality.
- Maximize efficiency of Wyoming education;
- Increase credibility and support for Wyoming public schools.