Good News from the 2019 Wyoming Accountability in Education Act (WAEA), By SBE Coordinator Thomas Sachse

  The 2019 edition of the Wyoming school accountability system has been completed, and while the results look a lot like the 2018 edition, a closer look at the results gives the impression of some overall improvement.  There were 6.7% fewer schools in the Not Meeting category and 2.4% more schools in the Exceeding Expectations [...]

February 13th, 2020|Blog|

One New Board Member’s Perspective: Bill Lambert

July 17, 2019 Bill Lambert has served on his local school board, as a county commissioner, and as a member of the Wyoming Livestock Board. In these capacities, he said he has learned about the formal processes of a board. Lambert said he likes the structure of a formal board setting and has found that [...]

July 17th, 2019|Blog|

One New Board Member’s Perspective: Debbie Bovee

July 16, 2019 Since she was in the second grade, Debbie Bovee wanted to be an elementary school teacher and, as it turns out, she worked as an elementary teacher in Goshen County for 20 years.  Bovee then went on to teach in Natrona County for four years and worked in special education for another [...]

July 16th, 2019|Blog|

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|