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State Board of Education Special Meeting

The Wyoming State Board of Education will hold a special meeting to review revisions of the Wyoming Department of Education’s Chapter 31 Rules on Graduation Requirements. The meeting will be held via GoToMeeting on March 31, 2016 at 8:00 a.m.

All meetings are open to the public. You can join the meeting from your computer or mobile device at https://www.gotomeeting.com/join/840832053; or dial in at1-571-317-3129, access code: 840-832-053.

View board packet here.

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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Media Contact:
Kari Eakins, Communications Director

Draft Science Standards Available to the Public

CHEYENNE – The 2015-16 Science Standards Review Committee is recommending a draft set of science standards, which can be viewed here. The draft 2016 Wyoming Science Content and Performance Standards will be discussed by the Wyoming State Board of Education during their meeting at the Hulett Community Center on March 17-18. After discussion, if the board decides to receive the draft standards, further public input will be collected.

“Wyoming took a deep dive into its review of science standards and made sure the public was involved throughout the entire process,” said Wyoming State Superintendent Jillian Balow. “This committee worked together from beginning to end, with the needs of our schools and our state at the forefront of their work. We are all grateful for their dedication. This standards review process was inclusive, comprehensive, and thoughtful. Input from citizens was embraced by the committee from the first town hall meeting to valuable input provided by science and business professionals.”

The board voted on March 17, 2015 to re-engage a science standards committee to review Wyoming’s Science Content and Performance Standards. A committee of 41 members was formed, including members of the 2012-13 committee, teachers, administrators, post-secondary educators, parents, business and community members. The committee reviewed the work of the previous committee, the science standards from eleven states, national standards, and public input gathered online and through regional meetings.

The committee said in a statement, “Each stakeholder group involved in this process brought forth intelligence, experience, and commitment. With so many perspectives and views, we have had to debate the merits of all viewpoints and decide on what’s best for the education of Wyoming students. We are confident that these science standards will provide an important foundation for Wyoming graduates locally and globally.”

More from the committee is available in their video to Wyoming citizens. Additional resources are also available:

Superintendent Balow and WDE staff will be available to discuss the standards review process and to recognize the work of the committee during a press conference at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 11, 2016 at the Wyoming Department of Education. Members of the press and the public are welcome to join in person in Room 281, via phone at 307-438-9905 or 888-670-9530, or online at www.uberconference.com/wdeuberconference.

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Media Contact:
Kari Eakins, Communications Director