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News releases from the Wyoming Department of Education

Milken Educator Awards Come to Wyoming, Surprising One Deserving Buffalo Educator with $25,000

Buffalo — Kindergarten is a big transition, but for Jessica Kavitz’s students at Meadowlark Elementary School, she eases them into the school year with movement-as-learning, colorful and creative exercises to engage their young minds, and social-emotional learning tools to build confidence. Kavitz (KAY-vitz) is a local leader, following in the footsteps of her mother who was an educator in Gillette for nearly three decades. At a schoolwide assembly today, Kavitz was honored for her work in and out of the classroom, becoming the district’s first recipient of the Milken Educator Award, often hailed as the “Oscar of Teaching.”

Milken Educator Awards Senior Program Director Greg Gallagher was joined by Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Brian Schroeder to present Kavitz with the prestigious recognition, including an unrestricted $25,000 cash prize to be used however she likes.

Kavitz is among up to 40 elementary educators across the nation who will receive the Milken Educator Award during the 2022-2023 school year, and the first recipient from Johnson County School District #1 in the history of the Award. On top of today’s celebration, Kavitz will have the opportunity to join the national Milken Educator Network of more than 2,900 exceptional K-12 educators and leaders across the country. Honorees receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the Milken Educator Awards Forum in Los Angeles in April 2023.

“Jessica Kavitz is the kind of teacher you hope your children have for their first year of school – compassionate, thoughtful and engaging. Jessica’s classroom is a nonstop learning hub that prepares students well for their academic journeys,” said Gallagher. “Outstanding educators have the potential to positively influence generations of students, and it is especially meaningful when parents inspire their children to pursue the adventure of teaching. We are thrilled to honor Jessica as a second-generation educator making an impact on the lives of so many young students in the Buffalo community.”

Celebrating its 35th anniversary, the Milken Educator Awards inspire and uplift with the unique stories of educators making a profound difference for students, colleagues and communities. The specific states and schools on this year’s winners’ list remain a closely guarded secret until each Award is announced.

“Jessica is a shining star among Wyoming’s excellent teachers. She is creative, dedicated and genuinely believes in her students. Congratulations to Jessica – Wyoming is very proud of you!” said Chad Auer, Wyoming’s deputy superintendent of public instruction.

Since the initiative’s inception, more than $140 million in funding, including more than $73 million in individual Awards, has been devoted to the overall Milken Awards initiative, which includes powerful professional development opportunities throughout recipients’ careers.

Wyoming Superintendent-Elect of Public Instruction Megan Degenfelder also shared her congratulations for Kavitz today, saying, “Jessica Kavitz is a perfect example of the outstanding educators we have throughout Wyoming. Her attention to her students’ growth and unique learning styles is exceptional. Congratulations, Jessica.”

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Wyoming’s Fall K-12 Enrollment Decreased in 2022

CHEYENNE – Overall enrollment in Wyoming’s schools dropped by 352 students for the 2022-23 school year. In a review of the data, 28 school districts had a dip in enrollment, 19 increased in size, and one district had no change.

There are five statewide virtual education programs in Wyoming. Three of those decreased in size (Big Horn #1, Niobrara #1, and Sweetwater #1), most likely because students returned to their brick-and-mortar school after the COVID-19 pandemic in-person learning changes. Sheridan #1 saw an increase of 31 students or a three percent change, while Weston #7 increased by 54%, going from 471 students to 725 due to their virtual program.

This data was gathered from all school districts throughout the state in a snapshot performed on October 1, 2022. The agency does not collect numbers of students enrolled in home or private school environments

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Media Contact:
Linda Finnerty, Communications Director
307-777-2053
linda.finnerty@wyo.gov

2022 Wyoming NAEP Reading and Mathematics Scores Released

CHEYENNE – The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) has released the state’s reading and mathematics results on the 2022 National Assessment of Educational Progress, known as the Nation’s Report Card, or NAEP.

“NAEP scores are an important indicator of how Wyoming stacks up nationally,” said Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction Chad Auer. “In terms of public education in Wyoming – we have a lot to be proud of.”

In 2022 Wyoming’s grade 4 and 8 students continue to outperform national average test results, in reading and mathematics, with the exception of grade 8 reading, where Wyoming student scores were statistically even with the national average in reading for public school students.

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* = statistically different average score from 2022

 

Average scores in Wyoming were lower than reported in 2019 for grade 8 reading, and lower in mathematics for both grades 4 and 8. For the seven-year reporting period, from 2015 to 2022, Wyoming scores are down in all four reporting areas, but were statistically flat or unchanged for grade 4 reading since 2017.

The NAEP assessments scheduled for 2021 were postponed until 2022 due to the pandemic. Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), NAEP testing is administered every two years in reading and mathematics to grade 4 and 8 students. All 50 states, plus the District of Columbia and Department of Defense (DoD) schools participate in the assessment.

Results for Wyoming mirror the trends nationally for public schools, with results down dramatically since 2019. For example, 2022 grade 8 mathematics scores fell in 49 states, plus the District of Columbia, compared to 2019. In grade 4 mathematics, scores fell in 42 states, compared to 2019. For grade 8 reading, scores dropped in 33 states from 2019; in grade 4 reading, scores dropped in 30 states from 2019.

“It is not surprising that the pandemic has had a negative impact on student achievement nationwide,” Auer said. “What the NAEP results suggest, however, is that Wyoming’s resolve to overcome the challenges associated with the pandemic paid off.”

A bright spot in Wyoming’s 2022 results is the continued strong performance by the state’s Hispanic, special education and school lunch program students.These student groups continue to outperform their peers nationally in grade 4 and 8 mathematics, and grade 4 reading. These contributions provided a lift, keeping Wyoming’s aggregate or overall scores above the national average.

“Wyoming’s teachers continue to demonstrate a strong commitment to equity and providing a high quality education to ALL students regardless of a student’s ethnicity, socioeconomic status or learning challenges,” Auer said.

Despite lower NAEP scores locally and nationally since 2019, Wyoming continues to hold its ground among states during the 2022 assessments, improving its relative standing among states in all reporting areas since 2019. For example, only one jurisdiction, DoD schools performed above Wyoming’s average score in grade 4 and 8 mathematics and grade 4 reading. Additionally, only four states performed above Wyoming in grade 8 reading during (compared to seven states statistically above Wyoming in grade 8 reading during 2019).

Unlike the WY-TOPP’s census approach of testing all students in grades 3-10, NAEP testing involves a statistical sampling of students, and does not render individual test results for students, schools or districts. Due to the NAEP representative sampling strategy for assessing academic progress, sampling variability is inherent in all results. Consequently, NAEP data are similar to and resemble survey or polling results, where numeric differences in NAEP scores may not reflect statistically reliable or true distinctions in the data reported.

NAEP provides an external reference or point-of-comparison to audit, review, and compare each state’s educational program. It serves as a common yardstick across jurisdictions and a shared, stable trend line over time for tracking student achievement during the continued flux nationally in states’ testing programs.

The NAEP measurement scale represents a standardized national measurement of student achievement, with academic scores ranging from zero to 500 points. Cut points on the scale signify differing levels of student performance, as follows:

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In grade 4 reading, the Wyoming year-to-year results are as follows:

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Wyoming’s 2022 estimated average reading score was 225, which is statistically unchanged from scores reported in 2019 and 2017.

In 2022, only one jurisdiction, DoD schools, performed higher than Wyoming. Additionally, 44 states performed lower, and six were not reliably different. Overall, these counts represent an improved standing in grade 4 reading in 2022.

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In grade 8 reading, the Wyoming year-to-year results are as follows:

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The average score in 2022 was lower than 2019, and likewise lower than previous years.

Four states performed higher than Wyoming, 14 states performed lower, and 33 states were not reliably different in grade 8 reading.

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In grade 4 mathematicsthe Wyoming year-to-year results are as follows:

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Wyoming’s estimated average mathematics score, 243 was lower compared to 246 in2019.

In 2022, only one jurisdiction, DoD schools, performed higher than Wyoming. Additionally, 44 states performed lower, and six were not reliably different. Overall, these counts represent an improved standing in grade 4 mathematics in 2022.

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In grade 8 mathematics, the Wyoming year-to-year results are as follows:

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In 2022, only one jurisdiction, DoD schools, performed higher than Wyoming. Additionally, 38 states performed lower, and 12 states were not reliably different. Overall, these counts represent an improved standing in grade 8 mathematics in 2022.

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Wyoming was one of only 15 states with annual funding of $15,000 per student or more during 2020, according to most current cost figures available from the U.S. Department of Education (U.S. National Average = $13,489). Wyoming’s peer funding states include Alaska, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Comparing Wyoming results to peer funding states on NAEP’s Basic or Above achievement level metric renders 56 pairwise comparisons with Wyoming’s results in 2022 (14 peer states, across the four reporting areas in both grades and subjects). The results are as follows:

PEER FUNDING STATES ANALYSIS: 

Comparing 2022 Wyoming NAEP Results to States with Similar Education Expenditures

Percentages of Students Scoring At/Above NAEP’s Basic Achievement Level

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The percentage of Wyoming students scoring at or above NAEP Basic was higher than its peer funding states in 38 of these comparisons (statistically even with 16 states), and was only surpassed in two cases out of 56, by Massachusetts and New Jersey, both performing higher than Wyoming in grade 8 reading.

“As we all know, Wyoming makes a strong financial commitment to K-12  public education,” Auer said. “The most recent NAEP scores suggest that this investment is paying off.”

Detailed 2022 Peer Funding States Comparison data can be found at the following links: Grade 4 ReadingGrade 8 ReadingGrade 4 MathGrade 8 Math.

In 2022, Wyoming continued to perform well in comparisons to the six bordering states on two metrics: average scale scores and the percentage of students performing at or above NAEP’s Basic achievement level. Wyoming was unsurpassed by any adjacent state in the 24 comparisons at NAEP’s Basic achievement level (across the six states and four reporting areas – both grades 4 and 8 and both subjects) and outperformed three of six neighboring states in grade 4 math.

2022 BORDER STATES COMPARISON:

Percentage of Students Scoring At/Above NAEP Basic

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For average scale scores in grade 4 reading and mathematics, Wyoming was above adjacent states’ scores in eight of 12 comparisons.

Detailed 2022 Peer Border States Comparison data can be found at the following links: Grade 4 ReadingGrade 8 ReadingGrade 4 MathGrade 8 Math.

“I am a strong believer in the promise of American public education and I am proud to see Wyoming leading our nation in so many ways,” Auer said. “I know that Wyoming’s teachers and parents are not complacent – and will continue to make our schools even stronger. The Wyoming Department of Education looks forward to being an active partner in that process”

Find more details on Wyoming’s 2022 NAEP results here.

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Media Contact:
Linda Finnerty, Communications Director
307-777-2053
linda.finnerty@wyo.gov

WDE, PTSB Sign Teacher Apprenticeship Standards, Creating Additional Pathways for Candidates to Seek Teacher Certification

CHEYENNE – Representatives from the The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE), the Professional Teaching Standards Board (PTSB), and the U.S. Department of Labor have signed an agreement creating the standards for Wyoming’s Teacher Apprenticeship initiative, which will allow pilot school districts to begin taking applications from candidates for the spring 2023 semester.

“This is an important milestone in Wyoming’s education journey,” said Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction Chad Auer. “I have no doubt that Wyoming’s Teacher Apprenticeship initiative will make a tremendously positive contribution to our state.”

The WDE will begin conversations with interested school districts statewide in the fall of 2023 for apprentices that will be applying for the spring of 2024 school year. The three pilot districts chosen earlier this year to participate in the initiative include Laramie County School District #1, Teton County School District #1, and Fremont County School District #24.

“We are thrilled to be selected as a pilot district, and find additional pathways to certify individuals who have already committed to serving students in Wyoming,” said Gillian Chapman, Ed.D. Superintendent Teton County School District #1. “We look forward to supporting the WDE as we find ways to recruit and retain exceptional educators dedicated to supporting public schools in Wyoming.”

The WDE and the PTSB began work on the Wyoming Teacher Apprenticeship initiative in the spring of 2022. That work included key stakeholders from government, education, business, community leadership, industry association and more. In July 2022, the three pilot school districts were chosen to work along with the core team in progressing the application to the Department of Labor and determine the roles and responsibilities the school districts would need to plan for.

“The apprenticeship is an opportunity for school districts to support and grow future teachers and educators from within the school district and community,” said PTSB Executive Director Brendan O’Connor. “Apprentices will be mentored along the way as they complete an educator preparation program that meets PTSB licensure requirements. Apprentices will finish with more classroom experience than those in a traditional preparation program.”

Working closely with the Department of Labor, Tennessee was the first state to sponsor Teacher Occupation Apprenticeship programs. Registered apprenticeship programs allow for high-quality, industry-driven, work-based learning pathways that provide individuals with hands-on work experience while earning a wage that increases during the progression through the initiative.

Tennessee has paved the way for other states and is graciously sharing the results of multiple years of work in a playbook and other key materials and supports. In a meeting with Tennessee’s team, the WDE and PTSB were able to gather important information that not only confirmed various aspects of its own evolving framework, but will also allow both entities to keep things moving forward. While the WDE and PTSB do not intend to simply mirror what Tennessee has done, the entities will use these valuable resources to accelerate the process in Wyoming.

The implementation of the Wyoming Teacher Apprenticeship initiative will be accomplished utilizing a three-phased approach, addressing the need for varied pathways to certification. The first phase focuses on staff currently employed within the district who have an associate’s degree.

The second phase will connect staff currently employed within the district that do not have an associate’s degree, as well as people outside of the district who want to become teachers. The third and final phase will focus on building pathways for high school students interested in teaching.

“Shoshoni Schools are excited to be part of the Wyoming Teacher Apprenticeship pilot,” said Bruce Thoren, Superintendent Fremont County School District #24. “We have been growing our own teachers for a couple of years now, and look forward to the development of this formalized program in conjunction with the PTSB and our higher-education institutions. This program will be a win-win for our employees and for K-12 education.”

The minimum requirements or qualifications for a candidate for the apprenticeship are as follows. School districts can then add requirements or qualifications that they consider necessary, and evaluate candidates based on alignment with the needs at the individual school level:

  • Employee of the district, seeking a Wyoming teaching certificate.
  • Completed application with letter of recommendation from administrator within the district.
  • Must complete an interview by district personnel, followed by entering into an agreement to complete the degree, to complete the on-the-job learning, to obtain the Wyoming PTSB teacher certificate. Ensure the individual has the personality, skill set, and disposition that will be a good match to the profession
  • Minimum work history in the same district of one academic year.

“Educational leadership requires the courage to create innovative solutions to complex challenges,” Auer said. “The Teacher Apprenticeship initiative is another example of how Wyoming’s educators are the best in the country.”

Fore more information on the program, including frequently asked questions, visit the WDE’s Teacher Apprenticeship website here.

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Link to a high-resolution photo of the signing event

Media Contact:
Linda Finnerty, Communications Director
307-777-2053
linda.finnerty@wyo.gov

WDE Releases ACT Results For 2022 Graduating Class

CHEYENNE – Wyoming’s graduating class of 2022 had an average composite score of 19.2 on the ACT according to The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2022. This is ACT’s annual report on the progress of U.S. high school graduates relative to college readiness.

“We are very proud of Wyoming’s class of 2022,” said Deputy Superintendent Chad Auer.  “This group of students, along with their teachers and parents, battled through a lot of adversity during their high school careers. Their perseverance and determination are commendable. As a state, we clearly have a lot to be proud of, and we have more work to do. I have no doubt that Wyoming’s outstanding professional educators will continue their long tradition of using data such as ACT scores to inform instruction.”

Wyoming state law requires all grade 11 students to take the ACT. Wyoming’s ACT graduating class data is based on students’ results from their last test taken before graduation.

Wyoming is among only six states that have participation results for 100 percent of graduating seniors. Of these, Wyoming ranks number one for average composite score. The percentage of Wyoming graduates who met ACT College Readiness benchmarks is above the national average in all four indicators of English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science. About 70% of Wyoming students scored 17 or better and qualified for the Hathaway Scholarship Program.

Wyoming students, on average, scored 3.7% higher when they took the ACT multiple times. As part of the pandemic recovery effort, the Wyoming Department of Education is offering senior retakes in the Fall of school years 2022-23 and 2023-24, free of cost.

Graduates also have an opportunity to earn a National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) by participating in the ACT WorkKey exam. Wyoming graduates earned more Bronze and Silver level NCRCs compared to the national average.

The Wyoming Readiness Report and ACT Profile Report can be found here.

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Media Contact:
Linda Finnerty, Communications Director
307-777-2053
linda.finnerty@wyo.gov

WDE and PTSB to Host Teacher Apprenticeship Standards Signing Event

CHEYENNE – The Wyoming Department of Education and the Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board will host representatives from the U.S. Department of Labor for a signing event starting at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 19 in the Capitol Complex Auditorium, Basement Level of the Herschler Building. The Wyoming Teacher Apprenticeship standards will be signed, allowing pilot school districts to begin taking applications from candidates for the spring 2023 semester.

Media partners wishing to view the signing can access it via the Zoom link here.

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Media Contact:
Linda Finnerty, Communications Director
307-777-2053
linda.finnerty@wyo.gov

Chapter 26 Rules, Institutional School Accreditation, to be Repealed

CHEYENNE – Chapter 26 Rules, Institutional School Accreditation, will be repealed and removed from the Wyoming Department of Education’s (WDE) list of rules.

This rule set originated in 1993 and is out of date and no longer relevant. The relevant aspects of institutional school accreditation were included in the Chapter 6 rules in 2021, but the Chapter 26 rules were not rescinded at that time. The WDE seeks public comment on this repeal.

Public comment will close on November 29, 2022. Submit a comment here.

Supporting documents include:

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Media Contact:
Linda Finnerty, Communications Director
307-777-2053
linda.finnerty@wyo.gov

Zach Beam Named Wyoming’s 2023 Teacher of the Year

NEWCASTLE – Zach Beam, a physical science, physics, and advanced chemistry teacher at Newcastle High School, has been named Wyoming’s 2023 Teacher of the Year, in a surprise assembly at the school on Thursday.

Over the past decade that he has been teaching, Beam’s teaching model and approach has changed several times. However, his goal has always been the same; To help students learn scientific concepts and enjoy the process of doing science and engineering.

“Zach has the ability to bring the excitement of learning to his students with innovation and explanation,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Brian Schroeder. “What he is doing in the area of STEM education – and what he plans to do next fall – just goes to show that he is all-in with letting his students grasp these far-reaching concepts in a way that is really, really fun and exciting.”

Beam, who has taught in Newcastle for the past nine years, has presented at state and national conferences on managing a paperless classroom, the logistics of summer field science, and implementing a student makerspace to support student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics  (STEM). In the fall of 2023, he will teach a STEM Lab in Newcastle.

“I was honored to be named Weston #1 District Teacher of the Year, but it is above and beyond to be named Wyoming Teacher of the Year,” Beam said. “It was amazing to see the student reaction to the announcement and it continues to get me excited to see them excited.”

“Students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” – John Maxwell

“This quote is so true with Zach,” said Weston School District #1 Superintendent Brad LaCroix. “He truly does care for all his students, and it shows by the relationship he has established with every one of his students. Zach has been a science teacher for WCSD #1 for 10 years. He is an exceptional teacher that has the art of making science fun and exciting as well as educational for the students. He is greatly respected by students and staff at Newcastle High School as well as in the community..”

Beam holds a Bachelor of Science from Black Hills State University. There he majored in Math and Science Education with a focus in physics. He has a Master of Arts in Science Education from Western Governors University with a focus in chemistry. Prior to his teaching career, Beam worked for the U.S. Forest Service Job Corps’ Education Department.

“My message to my profession and to the public is to value the opportunities that we can provide our students, “ Beam said. “Every time students get exposed to new information, it could be the ember that ignites their passion for education and their future endeavors. We do not always know what will engage our students, but when we open up new avenues we show them that they are capable in new ways. I want the public to know that as teachers we are inspired by the ‘ah ha’ moments that our students have and we want to foster that excitement when our students ‘get it’ for the first time or make a connection to prior learning.”

The Wyoming Teacher of the Year comes with the significant responsibility of representing the teaching profession in Wyoming. The Wyoming Teacher of the Year acts as liaison among the teaching community, Wyoming Legislature, Wyoming Department of Education, districts and communities. In addition, the Teacher of the Year is an education ambassador to businesses, parents, service organizations, and media, as well as an education leader involved in teacher forums and education reform.

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Photo of the 2023 Teacher of the Year

Media Contact:
Linda Finnerty, Communications Director
307-777-2053
linda.finnerty@wyo.gov

2021-22 School Performance Ratings Released by the WDE

CHEYENNE – The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) has released its school accountability results for the 2021-22 school year after a two-year hiatus from reporting. The 2018-19 determinations were held constant during the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years. Full results are available online.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, 50% of traditional schools were able to maintain their level of school performance. Additionally, 20% were able to increase their school performance rating.  As our state and education system continues to recover, more support and resources are available, as 30% of Wyoming schools are performing at a lower level compared to pre-pandemic levels.

For Wyoming schools, a graduation rate below 66.7% identifies a school as needing Comprehensive Support and Improvement under federal accountability. In 2021-22, a notable positive outcome for alternative schools is an increase in four-year, on-time graduation rates with 52% of alternative schools exceeding the 66.7% threshold as compared to only 39% in 2018-19. At the same time, when looking at overall alternative school performance, 57% are Meeting or Exceeding Expectations.

School performance is evaluated on a combination of student performance indicators, including academic achievement, equity and growth based on the Wyoming Test of Proficiency and Progress (WY-TOPP), the state assessment. Additional indicators for high schools include post-secondary readiness and graduation rates.

Under state law, all Wyoming elementary, middle, and traditional high schools receive one of four School Performance Ratings (SPR): Exceeding Expectations, Meeting Expectations, Partially Meeting Expectations, or Not Meeting Expectations. Alternative schools receive one of four SPRs: Exceeding Alternative Expectations, Meeting Alternative Expectations, Partially Meeting Alternative Expectations or Not Meeting Alternative Expectations. The 2021-22 SPRs show that 49% of Wyoming traditional schools are Meeting or Exceeding Expectations and 57% of Wyoming alternative schools are Meeting or Exceeding Alternative School Expectations.

This table compares traditional schools performance ratings* from 2021-22 to 2018-19.

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This table compares alternative schools performance ratings* from 2021-22 to 2018-19.

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*Small schools are excluded from these calculations. In grades 3-8, a school must have at least 10 students on the Achievement and Growth indicators in order to receive a school performance rating. In high school, a school must have at least 10 students on the Achievement and Graduation Rate indicators in order to receive a school performance rating.


Under federal law, schools in need of support are identified. There are three types of support:

  • Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) is for Title I schools performing among the lowest in the state and any school with a graduation rate below 67 percent.
  • Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) is for any school that has a specific group of students that is not performing well.
  • Additional Targeted Support and Improvement (ATSI) is for schools that have a specific group of students that is chronically not performing well.

There are currently 20 schools designated as CSI, 32 schools designated as TSI, and 16 schools designated as ATSI.

“State and federal accountability work in tandem to provide information about the overall performance of schools in Wyoming,” said Deputy State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chad Auer. “These results provide a snapshot of how schools continue to move forward – in the face of disruptions – to meet the needs of students. At the state level, we assist in providing resources for all schools – with a continued focus on helping every school succeed.”

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Accountability FAQ

The WDE Releases 2022 Assessment Results

CHEYENNE – Results for the fourth administration of the Wyoming Test of Proficiency and Progress (WY-TOPP) are now available online.

For the Wyoming Test of Proficiency and Progress (WY-TOPP) and the Wyoming Alternate Assessment (WY-ALT), results indicate areas of growth in proficiency rates at individual grade levels within each content area.

Overall student proficiency rates decreased in English Language Arts (ELA) by 0.80%, increased in Math by 0.30%, and decreased in Science by 0.10% compared to the results for 2021.

“Wyoming educators have done a tremendous job ensuring student learning continued through the pandemic,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Brian Schroeder. ”Although there are areas where results decreased slightly for a second year, overall they were less than three percent compared to the state results prior to the pandemic. Wyoming’s commitment to keeping students in the classroom continues to be reflected in these assessments results.”

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*2022 Science results were based on a new science test, aligned to the 2016 Science Standards and the 2018 Science Extended Standards.


The WY-TOPP and WY-ALT assessments are administered through an adaptive online platform. Students in grades 3-10 took the WY-TOPP and WY-ALT summative assessments for math and ELA. Grade 3, 5, 7, and 9 students were also assessed in writing on WY-TOPP. Students in grades 4, 8, and 10 students were assessed in science on WY-TOPP and WY-ALT. This science test was the first administration that assessed the 2016 Science Standards and the 2018 Science Extended Standards, and new cut scores were determined in June by an educator committee. More information is available here for WY-ALT and here for WY-TOPP.

WY-TOPP, WY-ALT, ACCESS for ELLs, and ACT results will be used to inform accountability determinations to be released September 14, 2022.

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*2022 Science results were based on a new science test, aligned to the 2016 Science Standards and the 2018 Science Extended Standards.


In addition to the WY-TOPP results, the 2022 state-, district-, and school-level results for the ACT taken by students in grade 11 are available online.

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Assessment FAQ