CHEYENNE – Wyoming was ranked seventh nationally in education quality by Education Week’s 22nd annual report card. Quality Counts 2018 gave Wyoming an overall score of 81.1 out of 100 points and a grade of B-minus. Wyoming was scored the highest among western states, and first in school finance. The nation as a whole received a grade of C.
“The Quality Counts 2018 report shows that Wyoming has a strong education foundation,” said State Superintendent Jillian Balow. “We are No. 1 in the nation in school finance because we fund our schools equitably, making sure that students in every corner of our state have access to a quality education. Now we must work to build on this foundation and continue to offer the best education we can to our students.”
The 2018 grades are based on three key indices: the Chance-for-Success Index; K-12 Achievement Index; and school finance.
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Thank you for your participation. This survey closed as of March 1, 2018.
For the 2017-2018 school year, the United States Department of Education (USED) has awarded grants to states under Title II of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), to be used by states and local school districts for the preparing, training, and recruiting of high-quality teachers, principals, and other school leaders. Wyoming received $9,666,572 in Title II funds this year, of which the majority was sub-granted to local school districts.
Beginning July 1, 2017, a new provision in Title II allows a set-aside of funds for state-level activities, not to exceed 4% of the total grant, to further augment the professional development initiatives of local school districts. This survey is the list of Title II allowable uses of funds from the ESEA law, and your participation in this survey will help guide decision-making about which activities the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) may choose to coordinate and deliver. If you don’t see an activity for which you see a need listed, please enter it in the comments at the end; if you’re not sure if it’s an allowable use of funds, contact the program manager.
This survey will be conducted every three years, with annual evaluation surveys conducted to determine the effectiveness of the professional development provided and to ensure that the activities are ongoing, sustainable, and showing an impact on student achievement. The needs assessment survey occurring every three years will allow sufficient time for research, development, and influence on student achievement to be assessed. The annual evaluations track effectiveness of the professional development for educators and its impact on student achievement.