Accreditation

Contact Information

Supervisor
Bill Pannell
(307) 777-7322
bill.pannell@wyo.gov
Education Consultant
Chelsie Oaks
(307) 777-8676
chelsie.oaks@wyo.gov
Education Consultant
Trenton Vonburg
(307) 777-8505
trenton.vonburg@wyo.gov
Education Consultant
Bruce Hayes
(307) 777-6198
bruce.hayes@wyo.gov

Wyoming’s K-12 schools and districts are accredited by the Wyoming State Board of Education annually.  The requirements for accreditation in Wyoming are:

Annual Accreditation Requirements

Electronic Documents

District superintendents share links to documents that verify adherence to statute, rules and regulations.

Internal Verification

The WDE accreditation staff also verifies district adherence to state and federal statute, rules and regulations through internal checks with WDE program managers.

Five Year External Review

All districts are required to have an external review every five years.  Districts choose between a peer review led by the Wyoming Department of Education or a review by a WDE-approved third-party provider. Districts that choose a third-party provider must still have a brief review following the schedule below to ensure that the District Assessment System meets the requirements of Wyoming statute, and Chapter 31 Rules and Regulations.

District Peer Review

The WDE peer review is a two-day visit that follows this Peer Review Agenda. 

The peer review teams are comprised of 5-7 statewide peers, 2-3 WDE staff, and an external team lead hired by the WDE. The components of the WDE Peer Review are:

    • District Presentation
      • District leaders explain district processes for the first fifteen accreditation criteria. District leaders may include the other ten criteria. District leaders present a PowerPoint or other approach and evidence to show the level of implementation of effective practices defined in the District Peer Review Workbook.  The ratings are determined using this peer review rating scale. This document provides an explanation of standard processes as used in the rating scale.  
    • District Artifacts
      • Districts provide documents and other artifacts to explain the processes being implemented. The Annual Accreditation Artifacts may also be used for the peer review.
    • District Assessment System
      • The team leader and WDE staff ensure that the District Assessment System meets the requirements of Wyoming statute, and Chapter 31 Rules and Regulations.
    • Classroom Observations
      • Classrooms are observed using this classroom observation rubric.  The results are used to determine ratings for Criterion #11 in the peer review workbook.  There is no data collected other than the team member ratings in the workbook.
    • Stakeholder Surveys
      • The stakeholder survey is to provide the district board, leaders, teachers, students, parents and community opportunity for input.  There are no scheduled interviews during the peer review. The survey is anonymous. However, the results are reviewed by the WDE prior to being given to the district superintendent and any derogatory comments about any specific individuals are removed.  The district disseminates the survey.

Effective Practices

The WDE developed a team member training guide that was used for the initial training in September 2018.  This document is being updated to reflect changes in the peer reviews that resulted from the pilot reviews in October and November 2018. The team member training guide is available upon request from the WDE accreditation section.  A brief summary of the rationale and research behind each practice included in the peer review is below:  (THESE DOCUMENTS ARE BEING DEVELOPED)

  1. Governance and Leadership
  2. Professional Capacity
  3. Accountability and Improvement
  4. Instructional Program
  5. Culture and Climate
  6. Services and Operations

Accreditation Criteria

The accreditation criteria are based on the requirements of Wyoming Statute and education research.  These criteria are detailed in Chapter 6 rules and regulations, and are summarized in the list below:

  1. District Board
  2. District Leadership
  3. School Leadership
  4. Stakeholder Communication and Input
  5. Employment and Certification
  6. Professional Development
  7. State Assessment and Accountability
  8. School Improvement and Support
  9. Programs, Standards, and Curriculum
  10. District Assessment System
  11. Instructional Methods
  12. Learning Supports
  13. At-Risk and Dropout Prevention
  14. School Culture, Climate, and Safety
  15. Student Activities
  16. High School Graduation
  17. Technology and Media
  18. Virtual Education
  19. Buildings and Facilities
  20. Student Health
  21. Calendars and Schedules
  22. Transportation
  23. Food Services
  24. Finance and Data
  25. Student Information Management

Wyoming District and School Accreditation Status 2018

At the July 2018 State Board of Education meeting, the following Wyoming school districts were granted Full Accreditation. Through district accreditation, all schools governed by the listed districts are accredited.

  • Albany County School District #1
  • Big Horn County School District #1
  • Big Horn County School District #2
  • Big Horn County School District #3
  • Big Horn County School District #4
  • Campbell County School District #1
  • Carbon County School District #1
  • Carbon County School District #2
  • Converse County School District #1
  • Converse County School District #2
  • Crook County School District #1
  • Fremont County School District #1
  • Fremont County School District #2
  • Fremont County School District #6
  • Fremont County School District #14
  • Fremont County School District #21
  • Fremont County School District #24
  • Fremont County School District #25
  • Fremont County School District #38
  • Goshen County School District #1
  • Hot Springs County School District #1
  • Johnson County School District #1
  • Laramie County School District #1
  • Laramie County School District #2
  • Lincoln County School District #1
  • Lincoln County School District #2
  • Natrona County School District #1
  • Niobrara County School District #1
  • Park County School District #1
  • Park County School District #6
  • Park County School District #16
  • Platte County School District #1
  • Platte County School District #2
  • Sheridan County School District #1
  • Sheridan County School District #2
  • Sheridan County School District #3
  • Sublette County School District #1
  • Sublette County School District #9
  • Sweetwater County School District #1
  • Sweetwater County School District #2
  • Teton County School District #1
  • Uinta County School District #1
  • Uinta County School District #4
  • Uinta County School District #6
  • Washakie County School District #1
  • Washakie County School District #2
  • Weston County School District #1
  • Weston County School District #7

The following Wyoming institutional schools were also granted Full Accreditation:

  • C Bar V Ranch
  • Cathedral Home
  • Fremont County BOCES
  • Northeast Wyoming BOCES, Powder River Basin
  • Northwest Wyoming BOCES, Big Horn Basin
  • Normative Services
  • Red Top Meadows
  • St. Joseph’s Children’s Home
  • Wyoming Behavioral Institute
  • Wyoming Boys School
  • Wyoming Girls School
  • Youth Emergency Services, Inc. (YES House)
  • St. Stephen’s Indian School