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February 8, 2018
Thomas Lubnau III of Gillette and Harriet Pimentel of Powell have been chosen to serve as Wyoming’s delegates for the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP). The delegates will represent Wyoming in the nation’s capital during the 56th annual USSYP Washington Week, set for March 3-10, 2018. Each student also will receive a $10,000 college scholarship from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation.
February 1, 2018
The WDE is developing a list of prescreened expanded learning programs in order to increase awareness of these opportunities. Nonprofit organizations in Wyoming can be included on the list by submitting a profile survey to the WDE.
January 29, 2018
The WDE is seeking local sponsors to participate in the Summer Food Service Program for the summer of 2018. This federally-funded U.S. Department of Agriculture program provides access to nutritious meals and snacks for children up to the age of 18 during summer months, when access to other school meal programs is not available.
January 22, 2018
The WDE announced today that high school graduation rates increased slightly to 80.2 percent in 2016-17, which marked four years of improvement from the class of 2013’s 77.6 percent graduation rate.
The WDE seeks public comment on changes to the Chapter 8 Rules: School Finance, which govern the administration of the Wyoming education block grant model, and the repeal of Chapter 25: Reimbursable Expenses Pursuant to School District Organization and Chapter 33 Wyoming Bridges Summer School and Extended Day Grant Program.
January 17, 2018
Wyoming was ranked seventh nationally in education quality by Education Week’s 22nd annual report card. Quality Counts 2018 gave Wyoming an overall score of 81.1 out of 100 points and a grade of B-minus. Wyoming was scored the highest among western states, and first in school finance. The nation as a whole received a grade of C.
January 16, 2018
The U.S. Department of Education today approved the Wyoming Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Plan.
January 9, 2018
The WDE will host a public discussion and meeting on the state’s Social Studies Standards in relation to the American Indian Education bill. The meeting on January 16 in Riverton will provide the community with an update on the review committee’s work, and allow for additional input on the standards.
December 28, 2017
The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) seeks public comment on the Chapter 41 Rules: Virtual Education. These rules establish the minimum requirements that districts must meet to provide part-time or full-time virtual education to Wyoming students.
December 21, 2017
Fall K-12 enrollment data for Wyoming public schools for the 2017-18 school year is available online. Fall 2017 enrollment fell 0.3 percent to 92,976 students from 93,261 in the fall of 2016.
State Superintendent Jillian Balow has been appointed Treasurer of Education Commission of the States, a nonprofit organization that serves as a partner to state policymakers across the 50 states, District of Columbia and territories.
December 4, 2017
Governor Matt Mead will sign a proclamation on Tuesday declaring December 4-11 Computer Science Education Week. Wyoming schools have been encouraged to celebrate by participating in Hour of Code, a one-hour introduction to computer science.
November 21, 2017
The Wyoming Department of Education announced the participating CACFP organizations in the State of Wyoming today. The program reimburses participating organizations for nutritious meals and snacks served to eligible children in child care centers and family day care homes, as well as eligible adults in adult care centers.
October 24, 2017
State Superintendent Jillian Balow was honored by the State Education Technology Directors Association (SETDA) on Monday as the recipient of the SETDA State Policy Maker of the Year Award during their 2017 Leadership Summit: Leveraging Technology to Personalize Student Learning.
October 10, 2017
Sara Reed, a kindergarten teacher at Hillcrest Elementary School in Campbell County School District #1, has been named Wyoming’s 2018 Teacher of the Year. As the 2018 Wyoming Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Reed will serve as an education ambassador for the state. Wyoming’s Teacher of the Year automatically becomes the nominee for the National Teacher of the Year Program.
September 20, 2017
The WDE is seeking state residents interested in serving on the Wyoming Social Studies Standards Review Committee. The committee will review the state social studies standards to ensure the cultural heritage, history, and contemporary contributions of American Indians are addressed.
September 7, 2017
The Wyoming graduating class of 2017 had an average composite score of 20.2 on the ACT according to The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2017, released today by ACT, Inc.
August 31, 2017
The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) released school performance ratings today. The state accountability measure shows that the majority of Wyoming schools are Meeting or Exceeding Expectations, and the number of schools Not Meeting Expectations is dropping.
August 18, 2017
Today State Superintendent Jillian Balow has submitted Wyoming’s consolidated state plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to the U.S. Department of Education (USED).
August 16, 2017
Results are now available online from the 2017 statewide high school assessments administered to students in grades 9 through 11. The results show similar performance to prior years with statistically insignificant increases in grades 9 and 10, and statistically insignificant decreases in grade 11.
August 11, 2017
State Superintendent Jillian Balow is pleased to announce the hiring of Megan Degenfelder as the new Chief Policy Officer at the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE). Megan’s official start date was August 1. She is in charge of all legislative and other policy work including accountability, standards and assessment at the WDE.
July 13, 2017
Spring 2017 statewide testing results were released today by the WDE. School, district, and state results are available on the WDE’s Fusion site. These include results for the Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students (PAWS) and alternate assessments in reading and mathematics for students in grades 3 through 8, and in science for grades 4 and 8.
June 5, 2017
The WDE will conduct community input meetings on Wyoming’s Social Studies Content and Performance Standards as they pertain to Wyoming’s new “American Indian education program” legislation. These meetings will inform the public of the standards review process and gather public input to be shared with the Social Studies Standards Review Committee for their consideration prior to their work.
June 2, 2017
The WDE is seeking public comment on the Chapter 43 Rules, School Nutrition Pilot Project, which can be viewed online along with the Statement of Reasons. These rules establish the minimum requirements that districts must meet to be eligible for financial assistance in acquiring Wyoming-grown meat for school lunches.
May 25, 2017
The WDE announced today that Aiden Weinzierl, a sixth-grade student at Anderson Elementary School in Cheyenne, has won the contest to name the new statewide assessment with his submission, WY-TOPP, for Wyoming Test of Proficiency and Progress.
May 23, 2017
The fourth annual Roadmap to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Conference will include a focus on the Arts. The conference will feature the theme “STE(a)Ming into the Future” at Gillette College August 2-4, 2017.
May 2, 2017
The WDE has scheduled a series of public meetings for gathering input of the draft state plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act. These meetings will inform the public of the draft ESSA State Plan and gather input to be shared with WDE staff for their consideration as they continue work on the plan.
April 28, 2017
The WDE will conduct regional community meetings on Wyoming’s Mathematics Content and Performance Standards. Meetings will take place in Powell, Casper, Rock Springs, and Cheyenne.
April 24, 2017
The WDE today announced the release of Wyoming’s draft Every Student Succeeds Act State Plan for a 45-day public comment period. Comments can be submitted to the WDE through June 8, 2017 through an online survey, public meetings, or by mail.
March 29, 2017
The WDE and State Board of Education are taking public input on Wyoming’s current math standards. The Math Standards Review Committee will consider this input as they begin the standards review process. Input can be given online through May or at regional community meetings.
March 15, 2017
Wyoming’s Academic Bowl Team of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing (D/HH) high school students will advance to Gallaudet University 2017 National Academic Bowl competition in Washington, D.C., in April for the third consecutive year after a triumphant second place finish in the West Regionals.
March 13, 2017
The WDE is seeking residents who are interested in serving on the Wyoming Math Standards Review Committee.
March 3, 2017
A pilot project to encourage schools to serve local meat products is being established at the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) following the signing of SEA0052 School Nutrition Pilot Project into law on Friday. The bill allows the WDE to spend up to $25,000 to provide matching funds to school districts for the processing costs for livestock donated during the 2017-18 school year.
February 6, 2017
Faculty and students across Wyoming are demonstrating the rigor and importance of Career Technical Education (CTE) courses by celebrating CTE Month this February.
January 25, 2017
The Wyoming Department of Education is seeking sponsors for a federally funded program that provides nutritious meals and snacks to children in low-income areas during the summer months to combat hunger and poor nutrition.
January 17, 2017
High school graduation rates in Wyoming increased slightly for the fourth consecutive year, according to information released by the Wyoming Department of Education today. Students achieved an “on-time” graduation rate of 80.0 percent in 2015-16, the highest since 2009-10 when it reached 80.4 percent.
January 4, 2017
Wyoming was ranked seventh in the nation in Education Week’s 21st annual report card. Quality Counts – Under Construction: Building on ESSA’s K-12 Foundation gave Wyoming an overall score of 80.3 out of 100 points and a grade of B-minus. Wyoming was scored the highest among western states and above the nation’s grade of C.
January 3, 2017
The Wyoming Department of Education is seeking public comment on the Wyoming Graduation Requirements of Chapter 31, which can be viewed here. These rules establish the minimum requirements for a student to receive a high school diploma, along with a process for the State Board of Education to consult with school districts on the establishment of high school diploma policies.
December 21, 2016
Nicole Sanders, a senior at Powell High School, and Grace Anderson, a junior at Wyoming Virtual Academy, have been chosen to serve as Wyoming’s delegates for the USSYP. The delegates receive an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. for an intensive educational experience, and a $10,000 scholarship from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation.
December 7, 2016
Woodland Park Elementary School in Sheridan County School District #2 and Evansville Elementary School in Natrona County School District #1 have been selected for the National Title I Association Distinguished School Award.
December 5, 2016
Governor Matt Mead signed a proclamation today declaring Dec. 5-11 Computer Science Education Week. Wyoming schools have been encouraged to celebrate this inaugural event by participating in Hour of Code, a one-hour introduction to computer science.
December 2, 2016
The Wyoming Department of Education announced the participating CACFP organizations in the State of Wyoming today. The CACFP provides reimbursement for nutritious meals and snacks served to eligible children in child care centers, family day care homes, as well as to eligible adults in adult care centers.
November 17, 2016
Governor Matt Mead has signed and approved the new Wyoming Science Content and Performance Standards, marking the first update to the science standards since 2003.
October 28, 2016
The WDE today announced the state’s science results on the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as the Nation’s Report Card. Overall, Wyoming’s fourth and eighth-grade students in 2015 continue to outperform national average test scores in science.
October 24, 2016
State Superintendent Jillian Balow has been recognized with the Patrick Henry Award for her contributions to the Wyoming Military Department. Major General Luke Reiner, Wyoming’s Adjutant General, presented her with the award on Saturday at the Wyoming Military Department’s annual Governor’s Reception.
October 21, 2016
The WDE is offering multiple ways for the public to give more input on ESSA. A statewide listening tour and an online survey have been launched to continue stakeholder engagement on the implementation of ESSA in Wyoming.
October 18, 2016
U.S. Senator Mike Enzi and State Superintendent Jillian Balow announced today that officials from the U.S. Department of Education (USED) will participate in a Community Roundtable on implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) at Casper College onOctober 26.
October 3, 2016
The Wyoming Department of Education has released the final draft of the 2017 Digital Learning Plan. The plan provides guidelines for the incorporation of effective data and technology use in curriculum and instruction, as well as strategies to boost technology infrastructure within schools.
September 30, 2016
Sheridan County School District #2 seventh grade science teacher Ryan Fuhrman has been named Wyoming’s 2017 Teacher of the Year.
September 13, 2016
The Wyoming Department of Education announced today the launch of the statewide Future Ready Initiative. Wyoming joins a cohort of 17 states dedicated to preparing students for success through personalized student learning.
September 6, 2016
The Wyoming Department of Education released school performance ratings today. The state accountability measure shows that over half of Wyoming schools are meeting or exceeding expectations.
August 24, 2016
The Wyoming graduating class of 2016 had an average composite score of 20.0 on the ACT according to The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2016, released today by ACT, Inc.
August 19, 2016
At a meeting yesterday, members of the State Board of Education voted to recommend keeping the State Superintendent as a voting member of the board. This represents a significant change from two years ago when the board recommended to the legislature that the State Superintendent be stripped of their vote.
August 15, 2016
Results are now available online from the 2016 statewide high school assessments administered to students in grades 9 through 11. Eleventh grade students showed improvement in every subject tested, while 9th and 10th grade students exceeded the benchmark in English, indicating a high probability of success in first year college courses.
August 3, 2016
Wyoming’s 2016 Special Education Director of the Year, Carolyn Conner, was honored on Wednesday morning at the Week of Academic Vision and Excellence (WAVE) Conference in Cheyenne.
August 2, 2016
The 2015-16 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Educators of the Year were honored at the 2016 Roadmap to STEM Conference in Rock Springs August 1.
July 14, 2016
Spring 2016 statewide testing results released today by the Wyoming Department of Education indicated proficiency rates increased across most grade levels and content areas when compared to results achieved in 2015.
June 27, 2016
Educators joining this year’s 2016 Roadmap to STEM Conference can expect three whirlwind days of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) experiences, active learning, and practical classroom ideas.
June 14, 2016
State Superintendent Jillian Balow testified today at a legislative hearing on the Certainty for States and Tribes Act held by the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, in Washington, D.C.
June 9, 2016
The Wyoming Department of Education is now taking public comment on Chapter 10 Rules on Wyoming Content and Performance Standards. Proposed revisions include Science Standards and K-1 English Language Arts Extended Standards.
June 7, 2016
The Wyoming Department of Education announced today ways for the public to give input on the development of the state plan for implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act.
June 1, 2016
State Superintendent Jillian Balow recently traveled to Fort Hood, Texas for the 2016 Army Educator Tour.
May 13, 2016
State Superintendent Jillian Balow released a statement today regarding guidance from the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice on the civil rights of transgender students.
May 2, 2016
Wyoming has discontinued its Affiliate member status with the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium in order to enter the procurement process without perception of conflict.
April 21, 2016
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow has been named one of the 2016 Most Influential in State & Local Government honorees by the National AfterSchool Association. The prestigious award recognizes state and local officials who are strong advocates for afterschool and out-of-school time programs.
March 28, 2016
High school graduation rates in Wyoming increased slightly for the 2014-15 school year, according to information released by the WDE today. Full graduation rate statistics are available at edu.wyoming.gov/data/graduation-rates/.
March 22, 2016
The Wyoming State Board of Education has requested public input on the proposed 2016 Wyoming Science Content and Performance Standards, as well as recommended changes to the K-1 English Language Arts (ELA) Extended Standards. The WDE will collect the public input through online surveys and regional meetings.
March 18, 2016
The WDE will submit a waiver application request to the U.S. Department of Education from the requirement to assess students’ speaking and listening skills for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years. Public comment on this waiver request is being taken until April 19, 2016.
March 11, 2016
The 2015-16 Science Standards Review Committee is recommending a draft set of science standards, which can be viewed here. The draft 2016 Wyoming Science Content and Performance Standards will be discussed by the Wyoming State Board of Education during their meeting at the Hulett Community Center on March 17-18.
February 1, 2016
Due to winter weather conditions, the Wyoming Advisory Panel for Students with Disabilities has changed the agenda for their meeting scheduled for February 2-3, 2016 at Casper College.
January 28, 2016
The Wyoming Advisory Panel for Students with Disabilities will hold a public meeting February 2-3, 2016 at Casper College. The WAPSD panel serves as a forum through which issues regarding current and potential services to individuals with disabilities are discussed.
January 26, 2016
In an effort to combat hunger and poor nutrition, the Wyoming Department of Education is seeking sponsors for a federally funded program to provide nutritious meals and snacks to children in low-income areas during the summer months.
January 22, 2016
The WDE published today an updated list of all the participating Child and Adult Care Food Program organizations in Wyoming. The CACFP reimburses these organizations for meals they serve according to program requirements.
January 21, 2016
The WDE is holding meetings across the state to gather public input as the Statewide Digital Learning Plan is being prepared for presentation to school districts and legislators.
January 7, 2016
Wyoming was ranked eighth in the nation in “Education Week”‘s 20th annual report card. “Quality Counts 2016 – Called to Account: New Directions in School Accountability” gave Wyoming an overall score of 80.2 out of 100 points and a grade of B-minus.
December 10, 2015
State Superintendent Jillian Balow released a statement on the Every Student Succeeds Act.
See also: Updated Accountability FAQ
November 18, 2015
The U.S. Department of Education announced today that Wyoming’s State Plan to Ensure Equitable Access to Excellent Educators has been approved.
November 16, 2015
The Wyoming Department of Education has published a “Wyoming Adventures” coloring book to help spread awareness of the Every Kid in a Park initiative. Through this initiative, all fourth graders can get a pass through everykidinapark.gov, which will allow them free access to all federally-managed lands and waters.
November 13, 2015
Spring Creek Elementary School held a celebration on Friday for being named a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.
The WDE and the Wyoming Business Alliance/ Wyoming Heritage Foundation will host Ted Dintersmith in Cheyenne on November 16 to discuss how the employer community will play a stronger role in educating our youth for the demands of a global economy.
October 28, 2015
The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) today announced the state’s results on the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress, known as the Nation’s Report Card or NAEP. Overall, Wyoming’s fourth and eighth grade students in 2015 continue to outperform national average test scores in reading and mathematics.
October 1, 2015
Amy Pierson, a fourth grade teacher at Cloud Peak Elementary in Johnson County School District #1, has been named Wyoming’s 2016 Teacher of the Year.
September 28, 2015
The Wyoming Department of Education has committed to improve career readiness for all Wyoming students, by adding rigor and value to programs that prepare high school students for careers.
September 8, 2015
State accountability measures show most Wyoming schools are meeting or partially meeting expectations.
See also: Accountability FAQ
August 26, 2015
A higher percentage of Wyoming high school seniors are prepared for college and career, according to reports released by ACT, Inc.
August 18, 2015
The 2014-15 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Educators of the Year were honored at the 2015 Roadmap to STEM Conference in Sheridan on August 3.
August 18, 2015
Results are now available online from the 2015 statewide high school assessments administered to students in grades 9 through 11. Overall, the data indicate stable performance across the years.
July 31, 2015
There will be a special meeting of the State Board of Education at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 to discuss the statewide system of support.
July 16, 2015
Spring 2015 statewide testing results are available on the WDE’s Fusion site. The scores are for Reading and Mathematics in grades 3 through 8, and for Science in grades 4 and 8.
June 25, 2015
A conference will bring educators and industry together to learn how to implement Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs in Wyoming schools. The 2015 Roadmap to STEM conference will take place August 3-5, 2015 at Sheridan College.
June 15, 2015
The Wyoming Department of Education is promulgating the Chapter 43 Reading Intervention and Response Rule. A public comment period is taking place on the proposed rule, as well as on a comprehensive list of tests to screen for dyslexia and language disability.
June 10, 2015
The Wyoming Advisory Panel for Students with Disabilities (WAPSD) will hold a public meeting in Riverton on June 26. The WAPSD discusses issues regarding services to individuals with disabilities.
May 14, 2015
The Wyoming Department of Education and State Board of Education will hold five regional community meetings to allow an opportunity for Wyoming residents to give input to the Science Standards Review Committee.
May 7, 2015
Superintendent Balow will travel with seven other state superintendents to Shanghai, China for the U.S. – China State/Provincial Education Leaders Dialogue.
May 4, 2015
The Wyoming Department of Education will be accepting public comment from May 4, 2015 through June 19, 2015.
April 20, 2015
More Wyoming Schools will be able to serve local food to students.
April 16, 2015
WyTECC (The Wyoming Technology-Engagement-Curriculum-Connection) will host a conference May 1-2 in Rock Springs.
April 10, 2015
The Distance Education Task Force will meet April 16-17, 2015 in Casper, Wyoming, at Casper College.
April 6, 2015
Along with the entire Wyoming Department of Education, Superintendent Balow sends her condolences to the Patton family and the Sheridan community.
April 3, 2015
Wyoming residents interested in serving on the 2015 Wyoming Science Standards Review Committee are asked to take a short survey.
March 16, 2015
The Wyoming Advisory Panel for Students with Disabilities (WAPSD) will hold a public meeting March 20, at Casper College, in room 312 of the Gateway Building.
Wyoming’s Academic Bowl team of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing (D/HH) high school students have advanced to Gallaudet University’s National Academic Bowl competition in Washington.
March 4, 2015
Graduation rates in Wyoming increased slightly for the 2013-14 school year, according to data compiled and released by the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) today.
February 23, 2015
The WDE announces it is seeking sponsors to participate in the Summer Food Service Program for the summer of 2015.
February 9, 2015
Laramie County #1 is the largest district, while Sheridan #3 is smallest.
January 20, 2015
Senators Enzi and Barrasso announced the students selected as delegates to the 53rd annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP).