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Computer Science Content and Performance Standards by State Board of Education Member, Ryan Fuhrman

In today’s climate of what seems to be endless government gridlock, the recent work on the new Computer Science Content and Performance Standards is a testament to how government should be. The State Board of Education took public comment in March and heard strong arguments for the adoption of the standards as they were originally [...]

May 16th, 2019|Blog|

For These State Board Members, It’s All About Service

In March, the Wyoming State Senate confirmed Governor Mark Gordon’s two new nominations to the Wyoming State Board of Education (SBE) — Debbie Bovee and Bill Lambert. These appointments came at a time when the State Board of Education was losing two of its members who completed their six-year terms — Ken Rathbun and Scotty [...]

March 12th, 2019|Blog|

Guest Post by Dana Wyatt on Embracing the Heart of the New Indian Education Standards

Dana Wyatt is a sixth grade teacher at Sheridan Junior High School. In partnership with Panasonic, she has run the Kid Witness News video program there since 1992. Over the years the program has won fourteen awards. This year’s project video, “We See You, But We Don’t Know You,” focuses on her students’ interaction with [...]

February 26th, 2019|Blog|

What are Wyoming’s K-12 standards and why do they matter?

Have you ever wondered how a teacher knows what to teach and when to teach it?  How can a teacher in Meetessee know that her new student transferring from Lusk is ready for fourth-grade math?  With local control of schools, how does the state ensure that all of Wyoming’s graduates are ready? In Wyoming, schools [...]

November 9th, 2018|Blog, Standards|

Implications of Chapter 31 for District Implementation

How New Graduation Rules May Impact Wyoming Districts Governor Matt Mead signed and approved an update to Chapter 31 rules on August 15, 2018. These rules will be effective August 15, 2019, giving school district one year to revise their graduation policies as necessary. The new graduation rules are designed to strike a balance between [...]

September 12th, 2018|Blog|

The Triumph of Collaboration Over Complexity: The Story of Wyoming’s Graduation Rules

Only committed observers of the Wyoming State Board of Education (SBE) have followed the three-year route to rules promulgation for Chapter 31, which governs graduation requirements for students to earn a high school diploma in Wyoming. In 2015, the Legislature eliminated the tiered diploma system and the “body of evidence” that previously detailed graduation requirements [...]

August 22nd, 2018|Blog|

Phase 2 Accountability for School and district leaders to emphasize student growth

In February 2017, Gov. Mead signed Enrolled Act 31 into law that established Phase 2 Leader Accountability. Phase 1 of the 2011 WY Accountability in Education Act (WAEA) created mechanisms for school accountability that rated schools as Exceeding, Meeting, Partially Meeting, or Not Meeting Expectations. All schools are rated on achievement and equity. The measures [...]

January 10th, 2018|Accountability, Blog|

How are Wyoming schools held accountable?

Accountability is crucial to driving continuous improvement within our schools. It sets forth clear standards for achievement among our educators and administrators. Wyoming students benefit when they are assured that no matter where they attend school, the quality and standard of education they are receiving is equally rigorous across the state. As late as 2016, [...]

December 18th, 2017|Accountability, Blog|

Wyoming State Board of Education Celebrates 100 Years

The Wyoming State Board of Education is celebrating 100 years of advocacy, support and policy making for Wyoming’s students and schools today, February 21, 2017.  Since its formation in 1917, the board has been a consistent and stabilizing force for the public school system. Created by the Wyoming legislature in 1917, it was a time [...]

February 21st, 2017|Accountability, Accreditation, Assessments, Blog|

Modernizing Wyoming’s Science Standards

On September 23, 2016, the Wyoming State Board of Education (SBE) approved the proposed 2016 Wyoming Science Content and Performance Standards for Governor Mead’s consideration. On November 14, 2016, the Governor signed the new standards into law. Now the standards are in the hands of Wyoming’s 48 districts for local curricula development and must be [...]

December 13th, 2016|Blog, Standards|