Standards Review

Contact Information

Director of Standards & Assessment
Laurie Hernandez
(307) 777-3469
laurie.hernandez@wyo.gov
Supervisor of Standards
Barb Marquer
(307) 777-5506
barb.marquer@wyo.gov

State law requires the standards in each content area be reviewed every nine years. Content areas are reviewed based on a Standards Review Timeline approved by the State Board of Education, who also set the Standards Implementation TimelineThe Standards Review Committee considers stakeholder input and follows the Wyoming Standards Design CriteriaThe Standards Review Process usually takes 9-18 months to complete.

Standards outline what students should know and be able to do by the time they graduate. Standards are concise written descriptions that describe educational objectives. The standards do not describe any particular teaching practice, curriculum, or assessment method.

Content Standards define the content and skills students are expected to know and be able to do by the end of the grade band or grade level. They are built foundationally and then in learning progressions. They do not dictate what methodology or instructional materials should be used, nor how the material is delivered.

Performance Standards are the standards all students are expected to learn and be assessed on through the district assessment system by the end-of-the grade band or grade level. They specify the specific degree of understanding or demonstration of the knowledge and/or skill for a particular content standard. As such, they employ clear action verbs and describe “how good is good enough.” Districts are expected to give students multiple opportunities to demonstrate proficiency on the Performance Standards through the District Assessment System (DAS) and provide appropriate supports for student success. Teachers should provide extra focus, targeted supports, and offer multiple opportunities to demonstrate student understanding and proficiency.

Performance Level Descriptors (PLDs) describe the performance expectations of students for each of the four performance level categories: advanced, proficient, basic, and below basic. These are a description of what students within each performance level are expected to know and be able to do.

Public Comment on Standards & Rules

Educator Input on Standards

Public Input on Standards

The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) seeks educator input on the proposed 2020 Computer Science Performance Standards. Previously all Performance Level Descriptors (PLDs) were deemed the Performance Standards to measure student proficiency. The State Board of Education (SBE) asked the Computer Science Standards Review Committee to identify a subset of PLDs to be the Performance Standards   Performance Standards are the standards all students are expected to learn and be assessed on through the district assessment system. They specify the specific degree of understanding or demonstration of the knowledge and/or skill for a particular content standard.  As such, it employs clear action verbs and describes “how good is good enough.” Districts are expected to give students multiple opportunities to demonstrate proficiency on the Performance Standards and provide appropriate supports for student success.

Educator and Public Input on Computer Science Standards (CLOSED)

  1. Review the Proposed 2020 Wyoming Computer Science Content & Performance Standards. The NEW Performance Standards can easily be found with the blue highlight.
  2. Then complete the Educator Input survey or the Public Input survey (for non-educators). 
  3. Both surveys close at 11:59 p.m. on August 27, 2020.
  4. The WDE seeks public input on the proposed Wyoming Computer Science Performance Standards during virtual Zoom meetings on August 25, 2020. To join the noon meeting, click here. To join the 6 p.m. meeting, click here.
  5. The input collected on the Performance Standards will be shared with the SBE for its consideration for adoption. 

Standards Reviews

The following standards are currently under review: Math Extended, Health, Physical Education, and Fine & Performing Arts.

The Math Extended Standards committee met June 14-16, 2019. This committee aligned extended standards for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities to the  2018 Wyoming Mathematics Standards.

The Call for Participants Survey closed on April 21, 2019.

Community Input Meetings

Community Input was accepted in meetings throughout the state for Math Extended from 4-5 pm, Fine & Performing Arts from 5:30-7 pm, and Health/Physical Education from 7-8:30 pm at the following locations:

April 23, 2019: Saratoga

  • Carbon County School District #2 Administrative Building
    315 North 1st St.
  • Board Room

April 30, 2019: Casper

  • Natrona County School District #1 Central Services Facility
    970 N Glenn Rd.
  • Fairdale Room

May 1, 2019: Gillette

  • Campbell County Educational Service Center
    1000 W. 8th St.
  • Board Room

May 16, 2019: Pinedale

  • Sublette County School District #1 Administrative Building
    665 N Tyler Ave.
  • Board Room

Community Input Surveys for all three areas of review were open from April 4 – May 19, 2019

A committee was formed for Fine & Performing Arts and another for both Health and Physical Education. These committees met virtually in November 2019. Calls for Participants were open April 8 – 28, 2019:

Community Input Meetings

Community Input was accepted in meetings throughout the state for Math Extended from 4-5 pm, Fine & Performing Arts from 5:30-7 pm, and Health/Physical Education from 7-8:30 pm at the following locations.

April 23, 2019: Saratoga

  • Carbon County School District #2 Administrative Building
    315 North 1st St.
  • Board Room

April 30, 2019: Casper

  • Natrona County School District #1 Central Services Facility
    970 N Glenn Rd.
  • Fairdale Room

May 1, 2019: Gillette

  • Campbell County Educational Service Center
    1000 W. 8th St.
  • Board Room

May 16, 2019: Pinedale

  • Sublette County School District #1 Administrative Building
    665 N Tyler Ave.
  • Board Room

Community Input Survey

The PE Standards Review Committee completed its work in summer 2020 to revise the 2014 PE Standards.  An Educator Input Survey will gather comment on the proposed new PE standards.

A call for participants was issued to seek additional members to serve on the Health Standards Review Committee to begin review of the 2012 Health Standards in November 2020.

Governor Gordon approved the 2019 Computer Science Content Standards making them effective on February 4, 2020. School districts have until the start of the 2022-23 school year to fully implement them in their schools and classrooms.

In November the State Board of Education passed a motion to approve the Computer Science (CS) Standards with edits. The 2019 CS Standards went out for review by the AG’s Office, the Legislative Services Office, and the Governor’s Office.

Rules Promulgation Period

Public Comment Period

Development of the Computer Science Standards

A Computer Science Standards Review Committee began meeting in the summer of 2018, following the passage of SEA48 in 2018, which requires every school to offer computer science by the start of the 2022-23 school year.

More information about teacher training and the implementation of computer science in schools can be found here.

The State Board of Education (SBE) requested public input on the Proposed 2019 Wyoming Computer Science Content and Performance Standards. The WDE collected public input through an online survey (open from January 18, 2019 to March 5, 2019) and at regional meetings.