The Wyoming Language Arts Content and Performance Standards include four topics, or strands: Reading, including both Literature and Informational Text; Writing, Speaking and Listening; and Language. For grades K-5, standards for foundational literacy skills which support Reading Fluency are also included. The Wyoming Department of Education is responsible for setting standards which define what students should understand and be able to do by the end of each grade in order to progress toward graduation, as well as college and career readiness. Wyoming Language Arts Content and Performance Standards do not dictate methodology, instructional materials used, or how the material is delivered.
Language Arts Content & Performance Standards Downloads
- Standards 2012 Language Arts (PDF)
- Standards 2008 Language Arts (PDF)
- Standards 2008 Language Arts (Word)
- 2018 Wyoming ELA Performance Level Descriptors
English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, & Technical Subjects
- Appendix A: Research Supporting Key Elements of the Standards (PDF)
- Appendix B: Test Exemplars and Performance Tasks (PDF)
- Appendix C: Samples of Student Writing (PDF)
- Navigating Text Complexity: This site provides educators with a comprehensive definition of quantitative and qualitative dimensions of text complexity. Materials include text complexity placemats, rubrics, suggested text sets, and instructional resources that demonstrate how and why to use these tools.
- Fisher and Frey: Created by literacy experts Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey, this website offers helpful resources and insightful articles for teachers. Some topics include: complex text and struggling readers, examining the composing process, new literacies, effective learning environments, and more.
- Achieve the Core: What does strong student writing aligned to the Common Core look like? In Common provides hundreds of samples of student work from K-12 classrooms across the country. The samples are meant to illustrate how a student’s writing progresses as they gain fluency in the three types of Common Core Writing: opinion/argument writing, informative/ explanatory writing, and narrative writing.
Summer Learning Opportunities
With the assistance of MetaMetrics, the Wyoming Department of Education is combating summer learning loss by encouraging students to access free online tools designed to promote reading during the summer break.