CHEYENNE - Some say it's the journey and not the destination, although others will point out no one eats a sausage until it's made whole.
For both sets of folks, the Wyoming Department of Education has put together a document outlining both the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), as well as the process used in incorporating the CCSS into Wyoming's own content standards in math and language arts.
View the document here.
In June, the WDE put forth a frequently asked questions document addressing the CCSS. Julie Magee, WDE's Administrator of the Standards and Accountability Division, said she feels the timeline offers a deeper view into the process involved in adoption of the latest state content standards.
"We wanted to tell a deeper story than the FAQ sheet and show how the CCSS process unfolded here in Wyoming," Magee said. "There are a lot of dates in the timeline and documents that match up with what happened."
The timeline starts in 2009 and outlines the original memorandum of agreement signed by then-Governor Dave Freudenthal and Superintendent of Public Instruction, Dr. Jim McBride. The piece offers that participation in the CCSS process by the state of Wyoming was voluntary and the state could leave the process at any time.
The timeline provides dates and links to the opportunities the WDE offered for public comment on the Common Core State Standards, the Wyoming content standards review process, as well as the seven public hearings held around Wyoming.
The document ends with the State Board of Education's vote to adopt the revised standards in language arts and math. Governor Matt Mead signed the revised standards, putting them into effect on July 11, 2012.
"We put the FAQ document on our website and I felt like the FAQ sheet was a quick reference document," Magee said. "The timeline goes deeper than the FAQ sheet and talks about how the state standards came to be with a Wyoming focus. There is a lot of information in the timeline. It is in response to some of the concerns we heard about the adoption process in Wyoming."