Not overshadowing the biggest news of the week, the opening ofWars VIII: The Last Jedi, it was a productive week in Wyoming education.
Work continues at the state level to prepare for. This week educators met to discuss the WY-ALT items, our Info Management team worked with school districts to ensure tech readiness, and the Assessment team fielded specific questions and concerns.
Thank you for continued commitment to a successful roll out of the new assessment!
The 120-day clock is ticking for review and approval of our stateplan by the USED. At this point USED and our staff are corresponding, exchanging documents, and clarifying various aspects of the plan.
Separately, a number of independent organizations are reviewing Here is the Bellwether report for all states including Wyoming which received an average rating. The independent reviews are insightful in some ways but one should be cautious of any independent report comparing state plans because:plans. One such review by Bellwether Education was released earlier this week.
- shifts authority of education from the federal government to states and local districts. As such, states uniquely leveraged strengths and addressed challenges in their plans. There is not one right way to address education at the state and local levels.
- 100% proficiency goals under NCLB led to over testing and a focus on compliance. Wyoming is focused on growth, equity, and attaining achievable and ambitious goals based on where our students are today.
- Using one comprehensive accountability system ( and ) is a priority in our state. Our plan meets all federal accountability requirements while our state accountability system is more comprehensive. Not all aspects of our state accountability systems were included in our plan because they weren’t required.
- provides opportunities for states to revisit target levels and goals regularly.
Memos to be released: