What is school accountability?
A school accountability system provides information about the quality of education received by Wyoming students to help determine which schools are doing well and which schools are in need of assistance.
Wyoming is held accountable at both a state and federal level. State accountability is defined in the Wyoming Accountability in Education Act of 2013 (WAEA). This law takes into account measures specifically related to educational goals in Wyoming. Federal accountability is transitioning from the requirements of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) to a locally controlled Wyoming accountability system that meets federal guidelines defined in the recently passed Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
Comment Period for Chapter 3 Revisions
The Public Comment period is now open regarding proposed revisions to Chapter 3 of the Wyoming Department of Education’s General Agency Rules (scroll down to “Education, Dept. of”, then use the dropdown arrows to reveal “General Agency, Board or Commission Rules”). These revisions concern parameters under which a school district may seek an informal review of its annual school performance ratings. The rules in Chapter 3 are being revised due to clarifying language being added to statute in W.S. 21-2-204(d)(vi). The form below can be used to submit your input.
The basis for an informal review will now be limited to examining whether the school’s overall performance rating was improperly computed and reported, and examining whether the school was unable to administer the statewide assessment for good cause.
Chapter 3 also includes a new Section 4, outlining the process whereby a citizen may petition a review of current education rules in accordance with W.S. 16-3-106. The Proposed version of Chapter 3 is available below. The Strike and Underlined version shows the differences between the old Chapter 3 rules and the Proposed version.