October 16, 2018

State Board Approves School Accountability Cut Scores

The cut scores determine if schools will receive a rating of Exceeding, Meeting, Partially Meeting or Not Meeting Expectations under the Wyoming Accountability in Education Act. The SBE accepted the recommendations of a Professional Judgment Panel (PJP) comprised of educators, school administrators, and parents from across the state. The PJP reviewed performance data from school districts in early October to consider where the bar should be set for the performance of Wyoming schools in light of changes made to the measures used to determine the ratings.

October 4, 2018

Wyoming State Board of Education Plans to Vote on Legislative Reports for State Systems of Support for Alternative Schools and Professional Judgment Panel

The Wyoming State Board of Education (SBE) will hold a one-day meeting next week to approve indicator and school-level cut scores for the state accountability system as well as rules on school leader evaluation. The meeting will start at 8 a.m. on October 12, 2018 at the Pathways Innovation Center, 3000 Independence Court, in Casper. The SBE will first meet as the State Board of Vocational Education to hear an update on the Perkins V plan from the Wyoming Department of Education.


September 14, 2018

State Board of Education to Discuss Equity and Stakeholder Engagement During Board Retreat

The Wyoming State Board of Education (SBE) will hold a regular meeting on September 20-21, 2018 at the Lincoln County School District #2 Building in Afton. The meeting begins at 8 a.m. on Thursday, September 20 with a presentation from Sublette County School District #1 Superintendent Jay Harnack on Sublette #1’s teacher accountability system.


July 13, 2018

State Board Approves Update to Graduation Requirements, Accreditation Rules, and Math and Social Studies Standards

“Stakeholder feedback was truly key to shaping all of the rules that were approved by the board today,” said Chairman Walt Wilcox. “As a board, we are very appreciative of the work of the Wyoming Department of Education in coordinating all of the entities involved, so we could focus on how these changes will impact students. We are especially pleased about the positive movement forward on the graduation requirement rules, and are eager to have these rules approved so Wyoming schools can have the guidance they need to help students reach this important milestone.”

July 5, 2018

Wyoming State Board of Education to Meet for Final Look at Math and Social Studies Standards

The SBE plans to take action on Charter Schools, updating SBE governance policies, Accrediting School Districts, and approving Chapters 6 rules on accreditation, Chapter 10 rules on content and performance standards, Chapter 29 rules on leader evaluation, and Chapter 31 rules on graduation requirements.


June 22, 2018

State Board of Education Moves to Promulgate Emergency Chapter 29 Rules on Leader Evaluation

“The additional work from the Wyoming Department of Education and the advisory panel really helped the right adjustments to be made for the SBE to move these rules forward with confidence,” said Board Chairman Walt Wilcox. “The collaborative effort led to greater support and understanding of what will need to be implemented by school districts, so they can make the best choice for evaluating their leaders.”

June 15, 2018

Nominations Sought for Wyoming’s K-12 Professional Judgment Panels

The Wyoming State Board of Education is seeking Professional Judgment Panel (PJP) members. Qualified candidates are Wyoming citizens with an interest in Wyoming’s K-12 education system and include educators, parents, business representatives, and community members. The volunteer panel was formed in 2012 to set the cut scores for the Wyoming Accountability in Education Act (WAEA) model.

June 14, 2018

State Board of Education will hold a Special Meeting June 21 to Reconsider Leader Evaluation Rules

The Wyoming State Board of Education (SBE) will hold a virtual meeting starting at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 21, 2018 to take action on Chapter 29 rules on leader evaluation, after failing to get enough votes to promulgate the rules during its regular May meeting.


May 21, 2018

State Board to Reconsider Leader Evaluation System Rules in June

The Wyoming State Board of Education (SBE) voted during their meeting on Friday not to promulgate the Chapter 29 rules on evaluation systems for district and school leaders. Instead, the SBE will vote on adopting emergency rules during its next meeting in June.

The need to update the rules was prompted by a change in state law during the 2017 legislative session, which requires each school district to adopt a leadership evaluation system for superintendents, principals, and others serving in a similar capacity starting with the 2018-19 school year.

May 8, 2018

Wyoming State Board of Education will hold an Electronic Meeting on May 18 to Vote on Leader Evaluation Rules

The Wyoming State Board of Education (SBE) will hold a half-day meeting electronically on May 18, 2018 beginning at 8:00 a.m. The SBE will first hear a short presentation from Rebecca Watts, Executive Director of the University of Wyoming Trustees Education Initiative.


April 23, 2018

State Board Approves Promulgation of Rules on Accreditation, Statewide Standards, and Graduation Requirements

The State Board of Education took action during its meeting on Friday in Gillette to promulgate proposed rule changes regarding school and district accreditation, Math, Science Extended and Social Studies standards, and high school graduation requirements.

April 10, 2018

Wyoming State Board of Education to Vote on Chapter 6 Rules on Accreditation, Chapter 31 Rules on Graduation Requirements, and Chapter 10 Rules on State Standards

The board will hear reports from coordinator Dr. Thomas Sachse on SBE policies of governance and an update on Chapter 31 rules on Graduation Requirements. The Wyoming Department of Education will give an update on State Systems of Support and public input on proposed Standards for Math, Social Studies, and Science Extended. The SBE will discuss the coordinator’s roles and tasks, and committee structure and representation.


March 26, 2018

New Member Sworn in During State Board of Education Meeting

Forrest Smith, founder and owner of GF Harvest, LLC in Powell, was sworn in as the newest member of the Wyoming State Board of Education at the beginning of its meeting Thursday in Rawlins.

“We are excited to have Forrest join the SBE as both the son of a teacher and someone who successfully created a business from an FFA Entrepreneur project,” said SBE Chairman Walt Wilcox. “His experiences bring a unique and important perspective to the board.”

March 16, 2018

Wyoming State Board of Education to Select Professional Judgement Panel Consultant and Consider Alternative School Schedules

The Wyoming State Board of Education (SBE) will hold a one-day meeting at the Carbon County Higher Education Center in Rawlins on March 22, 2018 beginning at 8:00 a.m. The SBE will hear reports from board coordinator Dr. Thomas Sachse on SBE policies of governance, the legislative session, process for selecting a Professional Judgement Panel (PJP) facilitator, and an update on Chapter 31 rules on Graduation Requirements.


February 20, 2018

State Board Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Math, Science Extended, and Social Studies Standards

Based on the recommendations of review committees comprised of educators, content area experts, and Wyoming citizens, the State Board of Education (SBE) directed the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) on Friday to collect input on proposed changes to Mathematics, Science Extended, and Social Studies Content and Performance Standards. The changes were recommended to the board by review committees comprised of educators, content area experts, and citizens.

February 9, 2018

Wyoming State Board of Education to Review Math, Extended Science, and Social Studies Standards For Public Comment during February Board Meeting

The Wyoming State Board of Education (SBE) will hold a regular meeting in Cheyenne on February 15-16, 2018. The SBE will first convene as the State Board of Vocational Education (SBVE) to hear an update from the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) on the State Perkins Plan as well as Career Technical Student Organizations. After adjourning the SBVE, the SBE will convene and acknowledge the high school teachers winning the Presidential Awards for Mathematics and Science Teaching.


January 11, 2018

Wyoming State Board of Education to Review Rules on District and School Leader Evaluation Systems During January Meeting

The Wyoming State Board of Education (SBE) will hold a one-day meeting in Casper on January 18, 2018 beginning at 8:00 a.m. The SBE will first convene as the State Board of Vocational Education (SBVE) to hear an update from the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) on the State Perkins Plan.


December 12, 2017

Upton High School’s School Performance Rating to Remain Partially Meeting Expectations

Following legal advice from the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office during its special meeting on Monday, the Wyoming State Board of Education (SBE) did not take action to change the School Performance Rating for Upton High School from “partially meeting expectations” to “meeting expectations” for the 2016-17 school year.

December 7, 2017

State Board of Education will hold Special Meeting on Monday, December 11, 2017

The Wyoming State Board of Education (SBE) will hold an urgent teleconference meeting on December 11, 2017 at 8:30 a.m.


November 22, 2017

State Board of Education Approves Change to Upton High School’s School Performance Rating

During last Friday’s Wyoming State Board of Education (SBE) meeting, the SBE approved the request from Weston County School District #7 to grant Upton High School an exemption from the Participation Rate in the state accountability model for their 2016-17 School Performance Rating. Upton High School initially earned a School Performance rating of “meets expectations” based on their Academic Performance and Overall Readiness.

November 9, 2017

State Board of Education to Hear Performance Rating Appeal from Weston County School District #7

The Wyoming State Board of Education (SBE) will hold a teleconference meeting on November 17, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. The SBE will begin by holding a hearing to take action on an appeal by Weston County School District #7 regarding Upton High School’s performance rating.


October 13, 2017

State Board of Education Meeting via Teleconference October 18

The Wyoming State Board of Education (SBE) will hold its regular monthly meeting on October 18, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. via teleconference. The board will hear an update on the performance rating appeal from Weston County School District #7 and reports from the September Joint Education Interim Committee (JEIC) meeting.


September 29, 2017

State Board of Education Approves Provider for Court Ordered Placement of Students and Accountability Report for the Joint Education Interim Committee

During last week’s board meeting, the Wyoming State Board of Education (SBE) voted to designate Meadowlark Academy in Cheyenne as an approved facility for court ordered placement of students and subsequent educational payments. The SBE also took action to approve a report about the work done by a Professional Judgement Panel (PJP) in July to set targets for the state’s accountability model, which will be sent to the Joint Education Interim Committee this month.

September 14, 2017

State Board of Education to Discuss Leader Evaluations and School Performance Ratings at Meeting in Green River, Sept. 21-22

State Board of Vocational Education (SBVE) will begin Thursday’s session by discussing Office of Career Technical Education and the 2016-2017 Adult Education Perkins Monitoring Visit. After the SBVE  adjourns, the SBE will call to order and hear reports from state board coordinator Dr. Thomas Sachse, and WDE staff on school performance ratings, state systems of support, Wyoming Accountability in Education Act (WAEA) informal review, social studies standards review committee, leader evaluation/Chapter 29, and virtual education/Chapter 41.


August 4, 2017

Wyoming State Board of Education to Convene for Work Session

The Wyoming State Board of Education (SBE) will hold a two-hour work session via teleconference on Thursday, August 11, 2017.


July 13, 2017

State Board of Education to Convene via Teleconference 

The Wyoming State Board of Education (SBE) will hold a one-day meeting via teleconference on Thursday, July 20, 2017.


June 26, 2017

State Board Approved Accreditation for Wyoming School Districts

The SBE voted on Thursday to approve accreditation for all 48 Wyoming school districts and 13 institutional schools. The accreditation process involves a staffing review, school improvement plan and assurances, external reviews, and system reviews.

June 13, 2017

State Board of Education to Hold One-Day Meeting in Sheridan

The SBE will hear reports from SBE coordinator Dr. Thomas Sachse, Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) liaison Lisa Weigel, and WDE staff about accreditation, an update on Every Student Succeeds Act, the Professional Judgement Panel and Advisory Committee, JEIC reports, alternative schedule and school performance ratings, and an update on Chapters 6, 10, and 31.


May 12, 2017

State Board of Education to Meet in Riverton

State Board of Vocational Education will kick Thursday off and discuss elevating Career and Technical Education. After the State Board of Vocational Education adjourns the SBE will call to order and hear reports from SBE coordinator Dr. Thomas Sachse, Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) liaison Lisa Weigel, and WDE staff about digital learning, an update on Every Student Succeeds Act, math standards, and the Professional Judgement Panel and Advisory Committee work plan.


April 26, 2017

State Board to Align State Accountability System with Federal System

The SBE met last week in Casper to review elements of the federal accountability system required as part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). State Superintendent Jillian Balow and state board chairman Walt Wilcox agreed that the state and federal systems should work towards “convergence” so that school districts have clear direction when meeting accountability requirements.

April 13, 2017

State Board of Education to Welcome New Board Members at Meeting in Casper

The board will develop its 2017-18 meeting calendar and look at committee options with new members. The SBE will also hear reports from SBE coordinator Dr. Thomas Sachse, Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) liaison Lisa Weigel, and WDE staff about SBE staffing, school leader accountability, options for an off-cycle review of standards, Indian Education for All, Chapter 6 Rules on school accreditation, and the Statewide System of Support.


March 31, 2017

Wyoming State Board of Education Approves Graduation Rules

During their regular monthly meeting last week, the Wyoming State Board of Education (SBE) approved proposed Chapter 31 Graduation Rules after a 45-day public input process. Following review by the Legislative Services Office, the proposed rules will be delivered to the Governor’s Office for consideration and approval.

March 13, 2017

State Board of Education to Convene in Wheatland March 23-24

The Wyoming State Board of Education (SBE) will hold a regular meeting on March 23-24, 2017. The session will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 23 at the Platte County School District #1 Boardroom, located at 1350 Oak Street in Wheatland.


February 16

State Board of Education Approves New Statewide Assessment Vendor, Tests to Launch in Classrooms Spring 2018

Walt Wilcox elected as new board chair. The Wyoming State Board of Education (SBE) voted this Monday to replace one of the state’s current assessment providers. Starting in spring 2018, the current Proficiency Assessment for Wyoming (PAWS) will no longer be administered as Wyoming’s statewide summative assessment.

February 2

State Board of Education of Convene February 13-14

The Wyoming State Board of Education (SBE) will hold a regular meeting on February 13-14, 2017. The session will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, February 13 in the Basement Conference room of the Hathaway Building located at 2300 Capitol Avenue, Cheyenne


January 3

State Board of Education to Convene January 12-13

The Wyoming State Board of Education (SBE) will hold a regular meeting on January 12-13, 2017. The session will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 12 at the Laramie County School District #1 Transportation Training Center located at 316 South Lexington Avenue in Cheyenne.


November 29

Wyoming State Board of Education Proposes University of Wyoming Ex-Officio Position

The Wyoming Joint Education Interim Committee has voted to sponsor a bill adding an ex-officio, non-voting member from the University of Wyoming (UW) to the Wyoming State Board of Education (SBE).

November 10

State Board of Education to Convene Via Conference Call for Its November Meeting

The Wyoming State Board of Education (SBE) will hold its monthly meeting by teleconference on November 18, 2016 from 1:00-3:30 p.m. via GoToMeeting. Key topics to include ESSA planning, statewide assessment proposals and board policies.


October 17

Wyoming State Board of Education Hears Homeless Student and School Accountability Reports

The Wyoming State Board of Education (SBE) convened in Lander last week for its regular meeting and to tour the Wind River Job Corps, a free education and career technical training program that helps young people improve the quality of their lives

October 5

State Board of Education to Convene in Lander

The Wyoming State Board of Education (SBE) will hold a regular meeting on October 13-14, 2016. The meeting will start at 12:00 p.m. on October 13 at the Fremont County School District #1 boardroom located at 863 Sweetwater Street in Lander.


September 23

Wyoming State Board of Education Recommends New Science Standards for Governor’s Approval

The Wyoming State Board of Education voted unanimously today to approve the 2016 Wyoming Science Content and Performance Standards, the first new science standards in 13 years. The standards will now be sent to Governor Mead for signature. If signed, school districts will develop local curricula to implement the standards by the 2020-21 school year.

September 16

State Board of Education Presents to Joint Education Committee Sept. 20

Pete Gosar, chairman of the Wyoming State Board of Education (SBE), will present on the topic of Board Governance on September 20 at the Joint Education Committee (JEC) in Casper.

September 12

State Board of Education to Convene in Wolf 

The board will discuss alignment of rules and regulations, and the implications of rules surrounding accreditation, standards and the District Assessment System. September 23 the WDE will present public input about science standards from the public comment period. The board will then take action on science standards, recommendations from the specialty assessment task forces…


August 22

State Board of Education Recommends Equal Vote for Ex-Officio Members, Begins Legislative Priority Development

The Wyoming State Board of Education met in Casper Thursday, August 18 to begin developing its legislative priorities for 2017 and to approve several policies. As part of this work, the board voted in favor of allowing all ex-officio members an equal vote.

August 5

State Board of Education to Convene in Casper 

Reports will be given from the SBE coordinator and Wyoming Department of Education liaison about mandatory legislative reports, strategic planning, updating the SBE policy and governance manual. Action items include the Chapter 3 Rules of Practice and Procedure, SBE polices, and finalizing the September legislative report.


June 16

State Board of Education to Convene a Special Meeting on Graduation Rules Revisions

The Chapter 31 rules need to be updated to reflect the legislative change from the Body of Evidence graduation rules to the new District Assessment System requirements.

June 15

Wyoming State Board of Education Testifies at Select Committee on Tribal Relations

Last week, Wyoming State Board of Education coordinator Paige Fenton Hughes testified at the Select Committee on Tribal Relations meeting at the Central Wyoming College Intertribal Education and Community Center in Riverton to discuss the widening opportunity gap for American Indian students.

June 14

State Board of Education to Convene in Douglas June 23-24

The board will also take action on accreditation for all Wyoming school districts and institutions, an alternative schedule for Lincoln County School District #2 and on SBE policies.

June 13

Wyoming State Board Chairman Testifies at JEC to Align Public Education Efforts 

Wyoming State Board of Education (SBE) chairman Pete Gosar testified about board governance, responsibilities, statutes, policies and rules during the Joint Education Committee (JEC) meeting in Casper today.


May 24

Wyoming State Board of Education Hears Science Standards Input, Votes to Move Forward into Second Public Comment Period

On Friday, May 20 the Wyoming State Board of Education voted to move forward into the public comment period to promulgate rules for Wyoming’s new science standards. The board also voted to approve its meeting schedule for the next 13 months.

May 20

Wyoming State Board of Education Hires Curriculum Director of the Year, Dr. Tom Sachse

The Wyoming State Board of Education’s chairman Pete Gosar announced today that Dr. Thomas Sachse has been hired as the new board coordinator.

May 17

State Board of Education to Convene in Laramie

Reports will be given on the Every Student Succeeds Act, the Chapter 31 rules revision, and the 2017-18 biennium budget. Action items include the 2016-17 meeting schedule and consideration of adoption of the adoption of the revised K-1 ELA extended standards as well as the 2016 science standards.

May 2

State Board Plans to Finalize New Graduation Requirements in Coming Months

At their latest meeting, the State Board discussed graduation requirements, got updates on the Wyoming Statewide System of Support, and discussed options being considered for the RFP for Wyoming’s new statewide assessment.


April 12

Wyoming State Board of Education to Convene in Worland

The Board will hear reports on Native American education, the Every Student Succeeds Act, and the statewide assessment. They will also receive a presentation on the Statewide System of Support and professional learning communities.

April 4

State Board of Education Coordinator Position Opens

The State Board coordinator serves as the board’s primary full-time staff member responsible for ensuring the board fulfills its statutory responsibilities, including consideration and approval of educational policy related to assessments, accountability, accreditation, and Wyoming State Content & Performance Standards.


March 28

State Board of Education to Convene Special Meeting for Chapter 31 Rules Revision

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.

March 21

State Board of Education Votes to Progress Science Standards Draft into Public Input Period

Last week the Wyoming State Board of Education voted to progress the science review committee’s draft recommendations for Wyoming Science Content and Performance Standards.

March 8

State Board to Convene in Hulett

The Wyoming Content and Performance Standards for Science, and the K-1 English and Language Arts extended standards will be discussed. The Board will also take action on Chapter 31 rules revision.


February 16

State Board of Education to Convene Special Meeting for Charter School Appeal

The Wyoming State Board of Education will hold a special meeting for the purpose of conducting a public hearing to consider the Guild Charter School appeal.

February 10

State Board of Education to Convene in Cheyenne

The Board will hear reports on the 2016 legislative session, Native American education, and science standards. Education Northwest will also present to the Board in regards to the Wyoming Statewide System of Support. In addition, the board will elect officers for the 2016 year and attend legislative committee meetings.


January 20

State Board of Education to Convene

The SBE will hear reports on the Statewide System of Support, the WDE strategic plan, and a preview of the 2016 legislative session. Secretary of State Ed Murray will give a presentation on Youth and Voter Turnout.

November 9

State Board of Education to Convene

The SBE will hear reports and updates from the State Superintendent, SBE Coordinator, and the WDE Liaison. In addition, the Board will take action on an extension of the emergency Chapter 31 Rules and finalize its legislative priorities for the 2016 Legislative Session.


October 21

State Board of Education to Convene in Casper

During the work session, the board will hear an update on the Statewide System of Support from Dr. Joel Dvorak and from the SBE coordinator about the SBE’s goals, the definition of a high school graduate, and legislative priorities. Action items include: approval of providers for court ordered placement of students, and a contract amendment to Pascal Public Relations.

October 6

State Board of Education to Convene Special Meeting

The SBE will discuss and take action on the board’s October 15 report to the Legislative service Office, Chapter 31 Rules, and a contract amendment to Pascal Public Relations.


September 29

Statewide System of Support and Task Force Highlight State Board Meeting

An update of the planning for a statewide system of support and draft recommendations from the statewide assessment task force highlighted the Wyoming State Board of Education meeting in Pinedale held September 23-25.

September 21

State Board of Education and Vocational Education to Convene in Pinedale

The Wyoming Board of Education will be meeting from September 23-25, 2015 in Pinedale.


August 17

Communication and Support Highlight State Board Action

The Wyoming State Board of Education took steps toward engaging the public by considering a comprehensive communication plan during their meeting on August 13. They also decided to move forward with a statewide system of support for school districts.

August 7

State Board of Education to Convene in Casper

The Wyoming State Board of Education will hold a work and business session on August 13. The work session will include an update on the work of the Professional Judgement Panel and a proposed communication strategic plan. Action items for the meeting include restructuring plans, the Statewide System of Support, certified professional evaluations, and draft rules on district’s request for accountability determination.

August 5

State Board of Education to Convene a Special Meeting

The Wyoming State Board of Education will hold a special meeting to take action on the PODER Academy request for waiver of state law requirements.


July 29

State Board of Education Listens to Importance of Collaborative Process

During their July 27 meeting, the board received an overview of a collaborative education effort in Idaho, and approved a standards review timeline and Chapter 31 graduation requirements.

July 17

State Board of Education to Convene

The Board will consider three action items during this meeting: Wyoming State System of Support, revisions to the Chapter 31 rules on graduation requirements, and the standards review timeline.


June 16

Nominations sought for Professional Judgment Panel

The Professional Judgment Panel is a group of volunteers from across the state. To express interest in joining the panel, fill out the following survey by July 3, 2015: http://goo.gl/forms/woyPst9cx7.

June 08

State Board of Education to Convene a Special Meeting in Casper

During the meeting, the Board will work with Pascal Public Relations to create a communications plan, and explore ways to better communicate with all stakeholders who are interested in education, and to gather input from them.


May 27

State Board of Education to Convene in Saratoga

The Board will hear reports from the SBE Coordinator and the WDE Liaison, and an update from WEA on recalibration.

May 20

Assessment Task Force to Convene in Casper

The Wyoming Assessment Task Force will have multiple meetings to study options for future statewide assessments and to make a recommendation to the Wyoming State Board of Education and legislative committees.

May 14

Public Input Welcome at Community Meetings on Science Standards Review Committee

The Wyoming Department of Education and State Board of Education will hold five regional community meetings to allow an opportunity for Wyoming residents to give input to the Science Standards Review Committee.

May 04

State Board of Education and Vocational Education to Convene on Wind River Reservation

During the session, the Board will receive updates and information from the SBE coordinator and WDE, hear SBE committee reports, and work on the definition of a Wyoming high school graduate.


April 03

Call for Participants: 2015 Science Standards Review Committee

Wyoming residents interested in serving on the 2015 Wyoming Science Standards Review Committee are asked to take a short survey.


March 26

State Board of Education to Convene a Teleconference

Agenda items include an update on science standards and establishing the assessment task force.

March 06

State Board of Education and Vocational Education to Convene in Saratoga

The board will receive updates and information from the SBE Coordinator and the WDE, take action on committee assignments, an online collaborative tool, a communication request for proposals, a contract for a consultant to facilitate the Professional Judgment Panel, a BOCES agreement for Hot Springs CSD #1, and will plan out the future meeting schedule.


January 29

State Board of Education and Vocational Education to Convene in Cheyenne

Presentations on native education, early childhood and data security plan will be given.