Level Up, NAEP and In-Person Instruction

Dear Superintendents,

Over the past several weeks, WDE’s Robin Grandpre, Linda Finnerty, and I hosted regional zoom kick-off meetings for Level Up Cohort 2 participants Wyoming’s “best of the best” teachers and their principals offered insight, enthusiasm, and inspiration for the year ahead. We hope to meet face-to-face in early 2021. Visit this link for more about Level Up.

NAEP Testing for 2020-2021:

The NAEP will be administered this school year in its traditional format but have a smaller testing population and not include national-only assessments for eighth-grade U.S. history and civics and the age 17 long-term trend. This article in Education Dive summarizes the assessment plan and rationale.

IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION:

On October 5, President Trump signed an executive order to address the negative impact of prolonged shutdowns on mental and behavioral health and increase suicide prevention efforts (fact sheet).  Through the order, the President is establishing a Cabinet-level working group to assess the mental health needs of the most vulnerable, including children.

 There are no memos this week.