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 Requirements

Self-Reporting and Assurances

  • District superintendents verify that the district and all schools within the district meet the requirements of Wyoming statute, rules and regulations.

Electronic Documents

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

Internal Verification

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

Five Year State External Review

District Assessment System Review

  • District leaders explain the assessment system used to monitor student learning of the Wyoming Content and Performance standards in all content areas.

District Peer Review

  • District leaders explain the district processes and level of implementation for the first fifteen accreditation criteria. District leaders may include the other ten criteria.

Classroom Observations

  • External teams observe the instructional core: teacher, content and student engagement.

External Review Options

Regional Accreditation

  • Districts that are regionally accredited are exempt from the effective practices review and classroom observation components of the state external review.

Third Party Evaluation

  • Districts that elect to use another WDE approved third party evaluation of the district system are exempt from the effective practices review and classroom observation components of the state external review.

Accreditation Criteria

The accreditation criteria are detailed in Chapter 6 rules and regulations, and 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 Schools 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