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Updates on ESSA Transition

Dear Superintendents,

I ask that you please spend time previewing the attached memos. In particular, there is a memo about calculating AYP during the transition from NCLB to ESSA. Last year, I encouraged our state to focus on state-driven performance reports versus AYP. The reports are aligned with the Wyoming accountability system and present an accurate reflection of the successes and challenges in our schools. This year, performance reports is all we will focus on since AYP will not be calculated. Over the next several weeks, additional ESSA guidance will be conveyed to you. The USDOE released a helpful FAQ document that most of your have seen. In case you haven’t, here is a link to it:


As always, please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions or suggestions on how to best communicate the information.

This week I spent time with incoming UW President Laurie Nichols at the Trustees’ meeting. She officially starts her new post in May and brings energy, experience, and a depth of knowledge about K12 education. We’ve already begun a robust conversation about dual/concurrent enrollment, curriculum alignment, teacher/leader preparation and more. I am anxious for you to meet her.

Incoming UW President Dr. Laurie Nichols
Incoming UW President Dr. Laurie Nichols

Memos to be released Monday, March 28:


Public Input Being Taken on Proposed Standards Revisions

CHEYENNE – The Wyoming State Board of Education has requested public input on the proposed 2016 Wyoming Science Content and Performance Standards, as well as recommended changes to the K-1 English Language Arts (ELA) Extended Standards. The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) will collect the public input through online surveys and regional meetings. The State Board will then review the input before making any decisions on whether or not to adopt the standards.

“We want our standards to be Wyoming stamped, sealed, and approved,” said State Superintendent Jillian Balow. “In order to do that, we’re making sure the public has the opportunity to weigh in along every step of the standards review process. My hope is that the public will thoroughly vet these proposed revisions, and give us their feedback, so that we can know without a doubt that we have the best standards for our students.”

Proposed 2016 Wyoming Science Standards

Recommended Changes to K-1 ELA Extended Standards

Input can be given through online surveys, which are available now through May 10, 2016. The surveys can be found here:

Proposed Wyoming Science Standards Survey

Recommended Changes to K-1 ELA Extended Standards Survey

In addition, input can be given at regional meetings, which will take place across the state. At each meeting, WDE staff will give a presentation on the proposed standards revisions, be available to answer questions, and collect public input.

standards-meetingsAll regional meetings will take place from 6-8 pm.

Comments collected through the regional meetings and online surveys will be shared with the State Board at their meeting on May 26.

More information on the proposed 2016 Wyoming Science Standards is available here. More information on the recommended changes to K-1 ELA Extended Standards is available here.

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