This will be a meeting with the Joint Education Committee and the Select Committee on Statewide Education Accountability. It will take place at the Wyoming Oil & Gas Commission. The agenda is still TBA. More information will be available here.
The meeting on September 19 will begin at 1:00 p.m. and reconvene on September 20 at 8:30 a.m. The purpose of this meeting is to receive additional information related to topics discussed at the June 13-14 meeting, review draft legislation and consider issues related to school finance, distance education, the Hathaway scholarship program, medically necessary placement of students and the state board of education governance structure.
The purpose of this meeting is to continue the Advisory Committee’s interim work in response to directives from the Select Committee on Statewide Education Accountability, including formulating and finalizing potential changes to the authorizing statute for the Wyoming Accountability in Education Act to comply with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. Those changes will be presented at the September 21st meeting of the Select Committee on Statewide Education Accountability.
CHEYENNE – The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) released school performance ratings today. The state accountability measure shows that over half of Wyoming schools are meeting or exceeding expectations.
“This year we have more schools meeting or exceeding expectations than ever before,” said State Superintendent Jillian Balow. “We’ve seen schools and communities focus their efforts on proven practices and take advantage of what is working in our top districts. These improvements are something to be very proud of as we look to create opportunities for students to keep Wyoming strong.”
This data does not include school performance ratings for Wyoming’s 21 alternative high schools. An alternative high school accountability model is being piloted during the 2016-17 school year.
Under the Wyoming Accountability in Education Act, schools serving grades 3-8 are rated on achievement, growth, and equity indicators. Indicators for high schools also include graduation rates, 9th grade credits earned, and Hathaway Scholarship eligibility. Before the next legislative session, the Advisory Committee to the Select Committee on Statewide Education Accountability will recommend an additional indicator for the state accountability model as part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
“Wyoming has a strong accountability system and ESSA gives us a chance to make it even better,” said former State Superintendent Judy Catchpole. “As chair of the Advisory Committee, we are working diligently to ensure that Wyoming students remain our first priority as we transition into this new federal law.”
As part of Wyoming’s transition to ESSA, the WDE did not make federal accountability determinations this year. Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) does not exist under ESSA. For the 2016-17 transition year, schools and districts identified as being in improvement under No Child Left Behind will remain in their current improvement status for the next year. Once ESSA is fully implemented, Wyoming will use its state accountability model to make both state and federal accountability determinations.
School Performance Ratings can be found here.
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Kari Eakins, Communications Director
This meeting will take place at Casper College, Room PS 103. The agenda is still TBA. More information will be available here.