Wyoming Standards

Standards describe what students need to know and be able to do by the end of each grade level. They explain the knowledge, concepts, and skills that each student should acquire at each grade level so that Wyoming students are career, college or military ready by the time they graduate high school. Standards do not define all that can or should be taught; they simply outline end-of-year expectations for all students to help create equal opportunities to learn regardless of where the student lives.

Wyoming has adopted standards in nine content areas: language arts, math, science, social studies, fine and performing arts, foreign language, health education, physical education, and career/vocation training.

Wyoming Content and Performance Standards

English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, & Technical Subjects

State law requires the standards in each content area be reviewed every nine years. Subjects are reviewed based on a timeline approved by the State Board of Education. Revisions were recently approved for Science Standards and K-1 English Language Arts Extended Standards.

Science Standards Review

The Science Standards Review Committee met from May 2015 – February 2016 and recommended changes to the Wyoming Science Content & Performance Standards. A total of 377 public comments were gathered through ten public meetings and online forms. The State Board of Education and the Governor have now approved the standards. Schools will have until the start of the 2020-21 school year to fully implement them.

K-1 ELA Extended Standards Review

Extended Standards are the standards for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. To address a technical correction, a study group was formed in November 2015. The study group met from November 2015-March 2016, and proposed revisions to the State Board of Education. Public input was taken on the proposed revisions through May 10, 2016. Official Public Comment was taken through August 12, 2016. The State Board of Education and Governor have now approved the standards.

Common Core State Standards

In June 2012, Wyoming adopted the Common Core State Standards as its standards in English/Language Arts and Math. No amendments were made to the original Common Core State Standards.