News Releases

Check this page frequently for the latest news from the WDE.

May 25, 2017

Cheyenne Student Wins Contest to Name New Statewide Assessment

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

Arts Added to the 2017 Roadmap to STEM Conference

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

Public Meetings Set on Draft ESSA State Plan

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

Regional Community Meetings on Math Standards

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

Draft ESSA State Plan Released for Public Review

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

Public Input Sought on Math Standards

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

Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students Advance to National Academic Bowl

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

Call for Participants: Math Standards Review Committee

The WDE is seeking residents who are interested in serving on the Wyoming Math Standards Review Committee.

March 3, 2017

School Protein Enhancement Pilot Project Launched

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

Career Technical Education Month Recognized in Wyoming

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

Summer Food Service Program Seeking Sponsors

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

Wyoming High School Graduation Rate Rises to 80%

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 Ranked Seventh in Education Quality

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

Public Comment on Rules for Wyoming Graduation Requirements

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.

Past Releases

December 21, 2016

Wyoming Delegates Chosen for U.S. Senate Youth Program

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

Two Wyoming Schools Selected for the National Title I Distinguished School Award

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

Wyoming Schools Celebrating Computer Science Education Week

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

WDE Announces Wyoming Child and Adult Care Food Programs Sites

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

New Wyoming Science Standards Finalized

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

2015 Wyoming NAEP Science Scores Released

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

Superintendent Balow Honored with Patrick Henry Award

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

Wyoming Department of Education Seeks More Public Input on the Every Student Succeeds Act

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

Community Roundtable on the Every Student Succeeds Act to be Held in Casper

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

Digital Learning Plan Released

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

Ryan Fuhrman Named 2017 Wyoming Teacher of the Year

Sheridan County School District #2 seventh grade science teacher Ryan Fuhrman has been named Wyoming’s 2017 Teacher of the Year.

September 13, 2016

Wyoming Launches Future Ready Initiative

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

2016 School Performance Ratings Released for Wyoming Schools

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

Class of 2016 ACT Results Available

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

Majority of State Board of Education Votes to Keep Superintendent’s Vote

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

2016 Statewide High School Assessment Results

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

Special Education Director of the Year Honored at WAVE Conference

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

STEM Educators of the Year Recognized at Conference

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

2016 PAWS Results Available

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

2016 Roadmap To STEM Promises Lots of Action and a Little Magic

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

Superintendent Balow Testifies Before House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources

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

Standards Revisions Enter Final Public Comment Period

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

Superintendent Encourages Public Engagement in ESSA Implementation

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

Superintendent Balow Attends Army Educator Tour

State Superintendent Jillian Balow recently traveled to Fort Hood, Texas for the 2016 Army Educator Tour.


May 13, 2016

Superintendent Issues Statement on Federal Guidance Regarding Transgender Students

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 Discontinues Affiliation with Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

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

Superintendent Balow Honored by National AfterSchool Association

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

Class of 2015 Posts 79.4% Four-Year Graduation Rate

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

Public Input Being Taken on Proposed Standards Revisions

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

Wyoming to Submit Waiver on Speaking and Listening Assessments

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

Draft Science Standards Available to the Public

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

WAPSD Agenda Changed Due to Weather

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

WAPSD to Meet and Take Public Comment Feb 2-3

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

Help Prevent Poor Nutrition and Childhood Hunger in the Summer

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

Department Publishes List of Food Program Participants

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

WDE Launches Statewide Listening Tour

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 Graded Eighth in Education Quality

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

Superintendent Balow Praises Rewrite of No Child Left Behind

State Superintendent Jillian Balow released a statement on the Every Student Succeeds Act.

See also: Updated Accountability FAQ


November 18, 2015

Wyoming’s State Plan to Ensure Equitable Access to Excellent Teachers Approved

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

“Wyoming Adventures” Coloring Book to Promote Every Kid in a Park Initiative

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 Celebrates National Blue Ribbon Award

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.

Philanthropist to Visit with Wyoming Business and Education Leaders

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

2015 Wyoming NAEP Scores Released

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 Named 2016 Wyoming Teacher of the Year

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

Superintendent Balow Announces Action to Advance Career Pathways

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

2015 Accountability Determinations Released for Wyoming Schools

State accountability measures show most Wyoming schools are meeting or partially meeting expectations.

See also: Accountability FAQ


August 26, 2015

2015 Wyoming Seniors Show Improvement on ACT

A higher percentage of Wyoming high school seniors are prepared for college and career, according to reports released by ACT, Inc.

August 18, 2015

STEM Educators of the Year Recognized at Conference

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

2015 Statewide High School Assessment Results

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

Informational State Board Meeting Called on Statewide System of Support

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

2015 PAWS Results

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

STEM Conference to Unite Education with Business

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

WDE Seeks Public Comment on Chapter 43 Rule Promulgation

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

WAPSD Public Meeting

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

Public Input Welcome at Community Meetings on Science Standards Review Committee

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 Selected to Visit China for International Education Leaders Dialogue

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

Proposed Revision to Hathaway Scholarship Program’s Chapter 38 Rules

The Wyoming Department of Education will be accepting public comment from May 4, 2015 through June 19, 2015.


April 20, 2015

WDE Receives USDA Farm to School Grant

More Wyoming Schools will be able to serve local food to students.

April 16, 2015

WyTECC Conference in May

WyTECC (The Wyoming Technology-Engagement-Curriculum-Connection) will host a conference May 1-2 in Rock Springs.

April 10, 2015

Distance Education Task Force Meeting

The Distance Education Task Force will meet April 16-17, 2015 in Casper, Wyoming, at Casper College.

April 6, 2015

Superintendent Balow on the Passing of Rep. John Patton

Along with the entire Wyoming Department of Education, Superintendent Balow sends her condolences to the Patton family and the Sheridan community.

April 3, 2015

Call for Participants: 2015 Science Standards Review Committee

Wyoming residents interested in serving on the 2015 Wyoming Science Standards Review Committee are asked to take a short survey.


March 16, 2015

WAPSD Meeting, Opportunity for Public Comment March 20

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 Deaf, Hard of Hearing Students Advance to Academic Bowl Nationals

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

2013-14 Wyoming Four Year Graduation Rate

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

Reimbursement for Serving Summer Meals to Children

The WDE announces it is seeking sponsors to participate in the Summer Food Service Program for the summer of 2015.

February 9, 2015

2014-2015 Student Enrollment Passes 93,000 Mark

Laramie County #1 is the largest district, while Sheridan #3 is smallest.


January 20, 2015

Wyoming Students Selected For US Senate Youth Program

Senators Enzi and Barrasso announced the students selected as delegates to the 53rd annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP).


December 17, 2014

WDE Adopts A Family For the Holidays

The Wyoming Department of Education has adopted a local family in need this holiday season.

December 16, 2014

New Report Graphically Displays Growth and Achievement

The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) is pleased to announce a new report available to the public, called Growth and Achievement.

December 9, 2014

Superintendent-Elect Announces Leadership Team

Today, Jillian Balow, Superintendent of Public Instruction-Elect announced her leadership team.


November 17, 2014

From Seed to Plate

Twenty schools throughout Wyoming have been awarded a hydroponic, vertical growing planter, and accessories through the “From Seed to Plate” program.

November 7, 2014

2014 School Accountability Measures Available

Today, the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) released the results produced by both the federal and state accountability systems.

November 3, 2014

Opportunity for Public Comment

The Wyoming Advisory Panel for Students with Disabilities (WAPSD) will hold a public meeting November 20 & 21, 2014, in Rock Springs, Wyoming.


October 31, 2014

Free K-12 Literacy, English and Language Arts Teachers’ Conference

Over 100 people are currently registered for the free K-12 Literacy, English and Language Arts Teachers’ Conference. The conference will be held the evening of November 14, and all day November 15 at Centennial Junior High in Casper.

October 28, 2014

Cindy Hill and WDE Offer Condolences to Wiederspahn Family

After learning of the death of Al Wiederspahn, former Wyoming State legislator and husband of U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis, Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill and the rest of the Wyoming Department of Education offers their support and condolences to his family.

October 27, 2014

Wyoming’s 2014 Blue Ribbon Schools

Today Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill announced that three Wyoming schools are receiving the National Blue Ribbon award.

October 17, 2014

State Superintendent Releases Report on General Status of Schools

Wednesday the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Cindy Hill, released her Report on the General Status of Schools for 2014.

October 1, 2014

Register now for EdCamp Yellowstone

The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE), is collaborating with Park County School District #6 to host EdCamp Yellowstone on Saturday, Oct. 11. A networking reception will be hosted by the WDE the evening before on Friday, Oct. 10 at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center.


September 25, 2015

Tyler Bartlett: 2015 State Teacher of the Year.

Tyler Bartlett of Newcastle receives the 2015 Wyoming Teacher of the Year award, as announced by Wyoming State Superintendent Cindy Hill, Wednesday Sept. 25.

September 18, 2014

WAPSD Meetings Offer Opportunity for Public Comment

The Wyoming Advisory Panel for Students with Disabilities (WAPSD) will hold a public meeting September 25 & 26, 2014 in Casper, Wyoming.

September 9, 2014

Local District Teachers of the Year Announced

Teachers from 31 districts around Wyoming are receiving their District Teacher of the Year Awards from the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE). Each district winner is a semifinalist for the 2015 Wyoming State Teacher of the Year, which will be selected by Oct. 1, 2014, and will represent Wyoming nationally.


August 20, 2014

Average Wyoming ACT Scores Increase

Performance results on the ACT for the 2014 graduating class were released today by the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) and the ACT.

August 4, 2014

Fifth Annual Wyoming Native American Education Conference

The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) invites educators and community members across Wyoming to participate in the Fifth Annual Wyoming Native American Education Conference. The conference will be held Aug. 12 – 13 at Central Wyoming College in Riverton.


July 21, 2014

WDE Seeks Public Comment on Chapter 10 Rule Promulgation

Per state statute (W.S. 21-2-304(a)(iii)), the Wyoming Content and Performance Standards are reviewed every five (5) years, and revisions are approved by the State Board of Education. At its meeting on April 11, 2014, the State Board of Education approved for public comment new standards in the content areas of social studies, physical education, and career and vocational education.

July 18, 2014

Distance Education Grants Awarded

Four school districts and two community colleges in Wyoming have been awarded grants from the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) to fund improvements to their distance education programs.

July 15, 2014

Wyoming Education Governance Survey Now Open to the Public

The consulting firm hired by the Wyoming Legislature’s Joint Education Committee to study the possibility of restructuring State Educational systems has opened a public comment survey.

July 2, 2014

Free Roadmap to STEM Conference

The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) is hosting the first Roadmap to Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Conference in Laramie, WY at the Hilton Garden Inn Aug. 6, 7, and 8.


June 23, 2014

Comment Period on Proposed 2014-15 School Choice Notification Waiver

The Wyoming Department of Education is requesting public comment regarding a request for a one-year waiver of the Title I, Part A, which requires local educational agencies (LEA) to provide parents of eligible students with notice of their public school choice options at least 14 days before the start of the school.

June 14, 2014

Public meeting offers opportunity for public comment

The Wyoming Advisory Panel for Students with Disabilities (WAPSD) will hold a public meeting June 19–20, 2014 in Torrington.

June 12, 2014

Teen Risk Behavior Drops in Wyoming

Many dangerous adolescent behaviors are on the decline nationwide according to the 2013 results of the National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS).


May 28, 2014

Comment Period on Proposed 2014-2015 Supplemental Education Services Waiver

The Wyoming Department of Education is requesting public comment regarding a request for a one-year waiver from a specific regulatory provision of Title I, Part A of the Elementary And Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

May 27, 2014

The WDE Partners with Meta Metrics to Offer FREE Summer Learning Programs

The Wyoming Department of Education in partnership with MetaMetrics, is trying to negate the effects of summer learning loss with two new summer learning initiatives: Find a Book, Wyoming and The Summer Math Challenge.

May 27, 2014

Call For Participants – 2014 Science Standards Review

A call is going out to all Wyoming residents who are interested in serving on the 2014 Wyoming Science Standards Review Committee.

May 19, 2014

Average Wyoming Four Year Graduation Rate 77.6%

More than two-thirds of districts are above the state average four year graduation rate of 77.6% with 30 of the 48 districts above 80% according to data compiled and released by the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE).

May 12, 2014

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Grant Received by 146 Wyoming Schools

Wyoming Department of Education announced 146 elementary schools have been selected to receive the U.S. Department of Agriculture Fresh Fruit and Vegetable grants for school year 2014-2015.

May 9, 2014

Meeting Slated For Advisory Panel On Students With Disabilities

The Wyoming Advisory Panel for Students with Disabilities (WAPSD) will hold a virtual public meeting May 19, 2014.

May 8, 2014

Social Studies Teacher Summit in Casper

Educators from around Wyoming will learn new ways to make social studies exciting this weekend in Casper at the 2014 K-12 Wyoming Social Studies Teachers’ Summit.

May 1, 2014

WDE’s Leadership Symposium Slated for June in Riverton

The Seventh Annual Leadership Symposium is the premiere professional development for educators in Wyoming. The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) sponsored symposium is slated for Central Wyoming College in Riverton June 23-26, 2014.


April 16, 2014

State Board of Education Asks Review Board to Revise Proposed Science Standards

The Wyoming State Board of Education adopted new standards in three content areas – social studies, physical education, and career & vocational education – Friday during its meeting in Casper.

April 14, 2014

Wyoming Department of Education Grants Waivers from 16:1 Mandate to 19 Districts

Nineteen schools were granted waivers Thursday by the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) from the state-mandated 16:1 student-to-teacher ratio in grades kindergarten-3.

April 8, 2014

State Board to Discuss Next Steps in Standards Adoption Process

Developing a plan for standards adoption in four content areas will be the focus of the Wyoming State Board of Education meeting at the McMurry Training Center (2220 Bryan Stock Trail) in Casper, April 11. The meeting is scheduled to run from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

April 1, 2014

State Board of Education Sets Meeting To Explore Standards Options

Determining the next steps for adopting standards in the content areas of science, physical education, career and vocational education, and social studies will be the focal point of a State Board of Education meeting scheduled for April 11 at the McMurry Training Center in Casper.


March 21, 2014

Wyoming Department of Education Introduces Teacher Cabinet

The Wyoming Department of Education selected a 15-member Teacher Cabinet last December in Cheyenne, calling for teacher input to department initiatives. Members of the cabinet committed to an 18-month term beginning January 2014. During their term, Cabinet members will participate in monthly teleconference meetings with WDE Director Richard Crandall and WDE leadership.

March 20, 2014

State Board of Education to Examine New Legislation During Teleconference on Monday

Gaining clarification on new legislation will be a priority for the Wyoming State Board of Education during a teleconference on Monday, March 24, 2014 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

March 17, 2014

WDE Seeks Public Comment on Part B Application For Federal Special Education Funds

The Wyoming Department of Education will be accepting public comment on its Part B Application for Federal Special Education Funds from March 31, 2014 through May 5, 2014. The state will review and consider all public comments and make any necessary modifications to the application or policies and procedures, as appropriate.

March 14, 2014

SBAC Field Test Launch Has Shifted

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) today announced it has shifted the beginning of its Field Test to Tuesday, March 25 from the originally planned launch of March 18. This change is being made to ensure that the Consortium and its contractors have taken all the steps necessary for teachers, students, and administrators to have a productive experience with the Field Test.

March 12, 2014

Public Comment, 2014 Part B Application for Federal Special Education Funds

It’s time for the Wyoming Department of Education to submit its application for Part B Federal Special Education Funds and we’re seeking your comments about the process.

March 5, 2014

Child and Adult Care Food Program Sites in Wyoming are Announced

This is the Wyoming Department of Education’s announcement of all the participating Child and Adult Care Food Program organizations in the state of Wyoming. The Child and Adult Care Food Program reimburses these organizations for meals they serve according to guidelines they have to follow as a requirement to participate.

March 3, 2014

Testing Window for PAWS is Open

The testing window for the Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students (PAWS) opens today in the Cowboy State. While the name is the same, the 2014 PAWS won’t look much like previous editions of the test from a content perspective. This year’s PAWS is aligned to the 2012 Wyoming Content and Performance Standards in English language arts and math, which reflect much higher expectations for students across Wyoming.


February 28, 2014

Presentations on SPRs Available Online

Thanks to a prioritized effort and a willingness to brave Wyoming’s winter roads, Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) staff have delivered a number of presentations this winter to educators and the public explaining School Performance Reports (SPR), a key component to the Wyoming Accountability in Education Act (WAEA).

February 25, 2014

Wyoming’s State Enrollment Pushing 93,000

For the sixth consecutive year, the state of Wyoming is experiencing the largest kindergarten class in its history. This year’s kindergarten enrollment of 8,141 is 10 more students than last year’s class and has pushed the state to its eighth consecutive year of increased enrollment.

February 24, 2014

WDE offers several presentations at School Improvement Conference

AdvancED’s 32nd Annual School Improvement Conference is slated for March 3-4 at the Parkway Plaza in Casper and will feature a strong Wyoming Department of Education presence. This spring’s conference has updates on AdvancED accreditation policies and protocols for Wyoming schools.

February 13, 2014

Native American Education Conference Makes Calls for Presentations

The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) and the Wyoming Tribal Children’s Triad have made a call for presentations to the Fifth Annual Wyoming Native American Education Conference, scheduled for August 12-13 at Central Wyoming College in Riverton.

February 12, 2014

WDE Offers Accountability Presentations in Gillette and Jackson

As the educational accountability process in Wyoming enters its next phase, The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) will release inaugural School Performance Ratings to districts, schools and the public in 2014. Prior to that release, the WDE is presenting a series of demonstrations online and in-person, explaining how the ratings are computed and reported to the public.


January 31, 2014

Advisory Panel for Students With Disabilities will meet in Cheyenne

The Wyoming Advisory Panel for Students with Disabilities (WAPSD) will hold a public meeting February 13-14, 2014 in Cheyenne. The event is slated to take place over two days. On Feb. 13, it will go from 1-5 p.m. and again from 8 a.m.-noon on Feb. 14.

January 22, 2014

Wyoming Seniors Encouraged to Apply for National Youth Science Camp

Prospective delegates from across Wyoming and the nation are encouraged to submit applications for the 51st Annual National Youth Science Camp, schedule for Charleston, WV, June 27-July 20.

January 22, 2014

Wyoming Students Selected for US Senate Youth Program

Senators Michael B. Enzi and John Barrasso today announced Dakota Frederick of Guernsey and Joseph Rubino of Laramie have been chosen as delegates to the 52nd annual US Senate Youth Program, March 8-15 in Washington, DC.

January 21, 2014

State Board of Education Readies for Cheyenne Meeting

The Wyoming State Board of Education will meet Jan. 23-24, 2014 in Room 126 of the Hathaway Building, located at 2300 Capitol Ave. in Cheyenne. The Board will hold a work session on Jan. 23 from 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. The Board will hold its regular board meeting on Jan. 24 from 8:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. While the State Board of Education will receive an update on standards revisions, a vote is not scheduled on the adoption of new standards in the subjects of science, career and technical education, physical education, and social studies.

January 17, 2014

WDE to Provide Update on Proposed Standards Revisions

On November 5, 2013, the Wyoming Department of Education Standards Team presented to the State Board of Education (SBOE) revisions to the state standards in four content areas: Social Studies, Career/Vocational Education, Physical Education, and Science.

January 17, 2014

Three Wyoming Schools Nominated for Blue Ribbon School Award

Among the highest accolades for schools in the United States is the National Blue Ribbon Schools award. This year Glenn Livingston Elementary in Cody, Highland Park Elementary in Sheridan, and Southside Elementary in Powell were nominated for the Blue Ribbon Schools honor by the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE).

January 15, 2014

WDE continues to facilitate public comment through online surveys

The Wyoming Department of Education encourages Wyoming’s educational stakeholders to offer public comment on standards revisions in social studies, science, physical education, and career and technical education through survey forms found on the WDE’s website.

December 27, 2013

Wyoming Advisory Panel for Students with Disabilities readies for teleconference

The Wyoming Advisory Panel for Students with Disabilities will meet via teleconference from 10 a.m. – noon on January 10.

December 17, 2013

National Standards Board Announces 72 New Wyoming Board Certified Teachers

The Wyoming Department of Education, the John P. Ellbogen Foundation and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards announced today that 72 teachers in Wyoming achieved National Board Certification this year.


November 27, 2013

Grant Readers Sought for 21st Century Community Learning Center Grants

Those with a background in education and an interest in the success of after-school programs are encouraged to participate as a grant application reader for the Wyoming Department of Education’s (WDE) 21st Century Community Learning Center’s (21CCLC) ninth cohort grant.

November 20, 2013

Teachers in Casper and Cheyenne win Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching

Kim Parfitt of Cheyenne and Gene Smith of Casper have been named the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, netting them each a $500 cash prize from the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE), the only state department of education to reward its honorees with a financial award. Parfitt and Smith were honored at a reception last month in Casper.

November 8, 2013

WDE takes the road for presentations on Growth Indicator

With a new school ratings system in its pilot year, the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) is taking to the road to examine the importance of the Growth Indicator in the Wyoming School Performance Ratings Model.

November 5, 2013

Wyoming Advisory Panel for Students with disability to meet in Casper

The Wyoming Advisory Panel for Students with Disabilities (WAPSD) will hold public meetings November 13-14 at the Gateway Building at Casper College, Room 225 in Wyoming. The panel serves as a forum by which issues and benefits regarding current and potential services to individuals with disabilities are discussed.

November 4, 2013

WDE to assemble a Teacher Cabinet

Teachers across the state will have a regular opportunity to provide input to state education leadership by participating in the Director’s Teacher Cabinet, sponsored by the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE).


October 25, 2013

Pilot School Performance Ratings Released by WDE

The Wyoming Department of Education released its pilot school performance ratings today in Cheyenne. To see how your school did, click here.

October 15, 2013

WDE Releases school and district level AYP numbers

The Wyoming Department of Education released its list of Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) decisions based on 2012-13 school year Proficiency Assessment for Wyoming Students (PAWS) and ACT data for schools and districts today in Cheyenne.

October 10, 2013

Assessment and Standards are the Focus of State Board

The Wyoming State Board of Education convened for two days of meetings in Cheyenne Monday and Tuesday, addressing a full list of agenda items. For more information, click here.


September 25, 2013

Three Wyoming Schools Named Blue Ribbon Schools

Schools in Sheridan, Jackson, and Lovell were honored by the US Department of Education this week as Blue Ribbon Schools.


August 22, 2013

Locations for Regional Summits on Accountability revealed

The Wyoming Department of Education and the State Board of Education announced locations for their regional summits on the Wyoming Accountability in Education Act (WAEA) today in Cheyenne. Wyoming’s Summit on Education Accountability is a series of meetings offering answers to questions on accountability efforts in Wyoming education, while collecting feedback from educators and parents alike.

August 21, 2013

Wyoming juniors see ACT scores increase

Results of Wyoming students who took the ACT suite of tests were made public today in Cheyenne by the ACT as well as the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE). Scores for Wyoming junior class of 2013 saw improvement over a year ago, going from an average composite score of 19.4 in 2012 to a 19.7 this year.

August 14, 2013

WDE produces timeline on process for adoption of Common Core

In response to inquiries regarding the process followed in the adoption of the current Wyoming math and language arts content standards, the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) has produced a timeline of important dates and information regarding their implementation.

August 8, 2013

Two Presidential cabinet members talk Native American education in Riverton

The Wyoming Department of Education’s Native American Conference played host to history Thursday at Central Wyoming College in Riverton as the US Secretary of Education and the US Secretary of the Interior came together to discuss Native American education initiatives and challenges.

August 7, 2013

WDE releases statewide PAWS results

The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) released the statewide scores for the 2013 Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students (PAWS), today in Cheyenne. The PAWS is Wyoming’s state assessment in grades 3-8, and is used to measure students’ progress towards Wyoming content standards.

August 6, 2013

Wyoming Becomes a governing state in the Smarter Balanced Consortium

The Wyoming Department of Education was notified on Friday that it was granted Governing State status in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC). The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is a state-led collaborative effort which has the goal of developing a system of assessments that measure performance of students against the rigorous Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

August 6, 2013

WDE to request waiver for Title I notification process

The Wyoming Department of Education is currently requesting a waiver of the 14-day notification Title I, Part A requirement for a local educational agency (LEA) to provide parents of eligible students with notice of their public school choice options at least 14 days before the start of the school year (34C.F.R. § 200.37(b)(4)(iv)).

August 1, 2013

Regional Summits on Educational Accountability Slated for Fall

The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) and State Board of Education will partner this fall for 13 sessions offered around the state updating stakeholders on the Wyoming Accountability in Education Act. Wyoming’s Summit on Education Accountability are a series of meetings committed to providing outreach to educational professionals and community members from across the state regarding accountability efforts in its beginning.


July 31, 2013

Cabinet members to participate at Native American Education Conference

Two members of President Barack Obama’s cabinet will be in Wyoming next week as Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, will attend the Native American Education Conference in Riverton, Thursday, Aug. 8.

July 25, 2013

NASA seeks Wyoming participants for Exploration Design Challenge

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is seeking Wyoming entries for its Exploration Design Challenge. In March, NASA announced a partnership with Lockheed Martin, inviting students in grades K-12 to learn more about radiation in space.

July 10, 2013

WDE seeks public comment on AMO freeze waiver

The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) has opened a two-week public comment period for its waiver request to the US Department of Education to maintain for one year, the current levels of Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), commonly known as No Child Left Behind.

July 8, 2013

WDE postpones ESEA Flexibility Waiver; submits request to maintain current AMOs

The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) has postponed, until the 2014-15, its request for flexibility waiver from certain provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), commonly known as No Child Left Behind.


June 21, 2013

Statement from Dr. Jim Rose regarding Inquiry Team Review

On Tuesday, June 18, Governor Matt Mead’s Inquiry Team submitted its independent review of the Wyoming Department of Education in Cheyenne. Today, Dr. Jim Rose, Interim Director of the WDE, issued the following statement regarding the review.

June 13, 2013

Public Comment Sought for Chapter 31 Rules

Per state statute (W.S. 21-2-304(a)(iii)), the Wyoming Content and Performance Standards are reviewed every five (5) years, and revisions are approved by the State Board of Education. The following content areas have been revised: Foreign Language and Fine & Performing Arts. These revisions were approved by the State Board of Education on May 8, 2013.

June 11, 2013

WDE offers Wyoming-specific information on the Common Core State Standards

The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) released a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) and answers about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) today in Cheyenne. The FAQ sheet covers 17 questions including the fundamentals of the CCSS to the process used to adopt them in Wyoming.

June 11, 2013

WDE announces scholarship winners for National Youth Science Camp

Recent graduates Lingga Adidharma of Laramie High School and Alan Hatlestad of Kelly Walsh High School in Casper earned the scholarships awarded scholarships by the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) to attend the National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) this summer in Charleston (WV).

June 3, 2013

State Board of Education names three finalists for WDE Director position

The Wyoming State Board of Education announced its three finalists for the position of Director of the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE), today in Cheyenne. The State Board of Education received 84 applications for the position of Director and over the past two days has interviewed six semifinalists. Today, the State Board of Education pared its list of candidates to three names which will go to Governor Matt Mead who will appoint the Director of the WDE prior to December 1.


May 30, 2013

State Board of Education names six semifinalists for position of Director of WDE

The Wyoming State Board of Education announced the six candidates it will interview for the position of Director of the Wyoming Department of Education today in Cheyenne. Click here to find out who the semifinalists are as well as when the public will have the opportunity to meet the candidates.

May 29, 2013

State Board of Education to interview six for State Director of the WDE

The Wyoming State Board of Education will interview six candidates for the position of the Director of the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) May 31 and June 1 in Cheyenne. That decision came today after the State Board examined applications from 84 candidates for the position today in Cheyenne.

May 29, 2013

Wyoming Advisory Panel for Students with Disabilities slates meeting

The Wyoming Advisory Panel for Students with Disabilities (WAPSD) will hold public meetings at The Central Wyoming College Intertribal Center in Riverton, June 6-7.

May 24, 2013

State Board of Education to meet in Cheyenne

The Wyoming State Board of Education will meet May 29-June 1 at the Hathaway Building, Room 126 in Cheyenne. The Board’s three-day meeting will include a business meeting as well as review of applications and candidate interviews for the position of Director of the Wyoming Department of Education.

May 21, 2013

WDE partners with MetaMetrics to provide Summer Learning Solutions

Wyoming Department of Education Interim Director Jim Rose is encouraging educators and families to help students engage in reading and mathematics practice during the summer months in an effort to retain the academic skills they have learned during the year. The WDE is offering two new summer learning initiatives – Find a Book, Wyoming and The Summer Math Challenge.

May 20, 2013

Search for WDE Director Enters Final Stretch

Wyoming’s search for a Director of the Wyoming Department of Education will soon enter the interview phase as the application period for the position closed May 15.

May 14, 2013

WDE announces 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant winners

Wyoming Department of Education Interim Director Jim Rose announced the 11 recipients of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21 CCLC) Cohort Eight grant in Cheyenne today. The program helps students meet state and local standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and math; offers students a broad array of enrichment activities that complement the school day academic programs; and offers literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children.

May 3, 2013

State Board of Education to convene in Casper, May 8-9

The Wyoming State Board of Education will convene on May 8-9 at the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission in Casper. To read a full agenda and list of discussion points, click on the link below.


April 30, 2013

Casper workshop niched to service providers of low vision clients

Service providers for clients with low vision are invited for a three-day workshop in Casper, sponsored by the Wyoming Department of Education. The course is scheduled for July 15-18. The Low Vision Assessment and Intervention program seeks to instruct service providers to identify a variety of non-optical materials for enhancing visual functioning and describe methods for incorporating non-optical devices with optical device instruction.

April 30, 2013

WDE offers independent living skills course for children and adults with vision loss

The Wyoming Department of Education will offer a course for Independent Living Skills for Children and Adults with Vision Loss or multi-disabilities July 31-Aug. 1 in Rawlins. The course offers itself as an in-service designed to provide therapists, teachers and professionals information on assessing independent living skills.

April 30, 2013

WDE offers professional development for students and professionals working with low-vision students

The Wyoming Department of Education will sponsor a professional development opportunity for teachers and professionals who work with low vision clients on June 3-6 in Rawlins. The program, titled “Strategies for Assessing, Stimulating and Enhancing Functional Vision,” will provide therapists, teachers and professionals information on functional vision assessments, focusing on intervention stimulation, and enhancing visual functioning of children and adults with low vision.

April 30, 2013

Orientation and Mobility training slated for Casper

Improving the lives of clients through advanced Orientation and Mobility techniques is the subject of a training in Casper on May 11-12. The workshop is designed to provide therapists, teachers and professionals information on Orientation and Mobility (O&M) instruction.

April 22, 2013

WDE applies for ESEA Waiver Related to the Title I, Part A Carryover Limitation

Due to the events surrounding the sequestration and loss of funding, The U.S. Department of Education (USDE) is giving all State Educational Agencies (SEA) a chance to apply for a waiver enabling states to waive the carryover limitation of more than once every three years for Title 1, Part A funding within Local Education Agencies (LEA).

April 22, 2013

State Board of Education plans Teleconference for April 25

The Wyoming State Board of Education will hold a teleconference on Thursday, April 25, 2013 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The items for discussion are the finalization of Director profile, interview dates and protocols for interviews.

April 18, 2013

Enrollment in Wyoming schools is on the rise

Fueled by the largest kindergarten class in its history, public schools in Wyoming saw its enrollment grow in 2012-13 by more than 1,500 students. According to data released today by the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE), there are 90,993 students attending schools this year in the Cowboy State.

April 16, 2013

Wyoming Department of Education grants 16:1 waivers

Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) Interim Director Jim Rose granted waivers to each of the 22 school districts that applied for waivers from the state-mandated 16:1 student-to-teacher ratio in grades K-3 for the 2012-13 school year.

April 15, 2013

Recording of WDE’s Flexibility Waiver presentation available online

The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) hosted a pair of online presentations today to unveil details of its flexibility waiver application from certain aspects of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), commonly known as No Child Left Behind. The meeting is available for viewing through the WDE’s Blackboard Collaborate tool and lasted approximately 1:15.

April 12, 2013

Wyoming Advisory Panel for Students with Disabilities meeting scheduled for April 18-19

The Wyoming Advisory Panel for Students with Disabilities (WAPSD) will hold public meetings at the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) offices at 320 West Main, Riverton, Wyo. April 18-19. The meeting will begin on April 18 and run from 1-5 p.m. in the WDE’s first floor conference room. It will reconvene at 8 a.m. on April 19 and is scheduled to run until noon.

April 12, 2013

State Board of Education seeks feedback on attributes of new director

The Wyoming State Board of Education is using three different avenues to collect education stakeholder feedback in its search for the Director of the Wyoming Department of Education. The State Board of Education will host an online stakeholder forum April 18 and a teleconference on April 19 by Ray and Associates regarding the Director of the WDE search. The State Board and Ray and Associates are also partnering to collect feedback through an online survey.

April 11, 2013

WDE to offer update on ESEA waiver and seek public comment

The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) will host a pair of online presentations to unveil details of its flexibility waiver application from certain aspects of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), commonly known as No Child Left Behind. In order to solicit as much public comment as possible, the department will host online meetings at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday, April 12. Each presentation will last approximately an hour and a half.

April 8, 2013

Summer Food Program Seeks Houses of Worship to partner

The Wyoming Department of Education is seeking houses of worship to participate in the Summer Food Service Program for summer 2013. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) helps Wyoming children up to the age of 18 get the nutrition they need to learn, play and grow during summer months when they don’t have access to other school meal programs.


March 25, 2013

WDE Deaf-Blind Project Announces Project SASI

The Wyoming Department of Education’s (WDE) Deaf-Blind Project and Texas Tech University have partnered on a grant program offering Wyoming educators financial assistant in earning their Masters Degree in Sensory Impairments as well as certification in Autism Spectrum Disorders.

March 15, 2013

State Board of Education awards contract to Executive Search firm

The Wyoming State Board of Education (SBOE) awarded a contract to Ray and Associates to aid in the search for the permanent director of the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE). Ray and Associates of Cedar Rapids, Iowa was selected during the State Board of Education’s meeting in Rock Springs on Tuesday.

March 15, 2013

Wyoming granted extension for ESEA Waiver application

The Wyoming Department of Education has been granted an extension on its application for a flexibility waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act.

March 7, 2013

State Board of Education to meet in Rock Springs

The Wyoming State Board of Education will meet Monday and Tuesday, March 11-12 in Rock Springs. The Board will hold a work session on March 11 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. During the work session the Board will review presentations and interview hiring firms for the Director of Wyoming Department of Education search. The work session is open to the public.

March 7, 2013

Wyoming students to participate in pilot tests

A number of Wyoming school districts have volunteered to be part of a national pilot for the assessment of common core standards in Language Arts and Math. Nearly 7,000 students in 15 Wyoming school districts will take “Smarter Balanced Assessments” in the coming weeks. Nationwide, more than one million students in grades 3-11 are slated to take part in the pilot.


February 28, 2013

Wyoming to request Flexibility Waiver from ESEA Targets

The Wyoming Department of Education will submit a request for a Flexibility Waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), commonly known as No Child Left Behind. The waiver request will be filed by Thursday, Feb. 28.

February 22, 2013

Advanced Placement Report to the Nation released

The Ninth Annual College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Report to the Nation is available today for the 2011-2012 school year. The report compiles statistics for each state and school in the nation, including test scores of students taking AP courses. The report includes test data for all 48 Wyoming public school districts, and students across the Cowboy State who participated in the program and took more than 2,000 AP tests.

February 15, 2013

State Board of Education Chooses RFP for Director Search

The Wyoming State Board of Education (SBE) was presented and approved a proposed Request for Proposals (RFP) document seeking an executive search firm to assist the SBE with the search for a Director of the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE). The presentation came Monday during the Board’s teleconference.

February 14, 2013

Dr. Rose updates Superintendents on changes at WDE

Wyoming Department of Education Interim Director, Jim Rose, Ed. D. spoke to district superintendents of Wyoming schools Friday over the Department’s Blackboard Collaborate tool. The online meeting offered Rose a chance to introduce himself as well as update the state’s superintendents on the division of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction’s office from the Wyoming Department of Education.

February 8, 2013

New online tool helps college preparation

Students in Wyoming can now access a newly re-launched online resource to help them plan and prepare for college: www.WYO4ed.org. WYO4ed offers interactive tools to help students understand the Hathaway Scholarship and “Success Curriculum,” explore what majors and careers may fit their interests, and identify pre-college programs across Wyoming.

February 7, 2013

State Board of Education schedules teleconference

The Wyoming State Board of Education will hold a teleconference, Monday, Feb. 11, from 3-4 p.m. The items for discussion are the Request for Proposals (RFP) to secure an executive search firm in the process for recommendations of State Director of Education candidates, legislative issues and State Board of Education contracts.

February 4, 2013

State Board of Education to Engage Firm for Director Search

The Wyoming State Board of Education announced its intention to hire a search firm to aid in the selection of the state’s first Director of the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE). The decision came today during a special meeting of State Board in Cheyenne. The State Board of Education (SBoE) voted 9-0 to develop a Request for Proposals (RFP), which would contract a search firm to identify possible candidates for the Director of the WDE position.


January 22, 2013

Chapter 18 Rules Revision Available for Public Comment

The Chapter 18 Education Rules and Regulations are now available for public comment. The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) will be accepting public comment until March 11, 2013. The following information is intended to clarify the changes to the Chapter 18 Education Rules that address requirements for Private K-12 Non-Religious Schools.

January 15, 2013

Wyoming Advisory Panel for Students with Disabilities meeting planned

The Wyoming Advisory Panel exists under the authority of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Implementing Regulations 34 CFR 300 & 301. The panel serves as a forum by which issues and benefits regarding current and potential services to individuals with disabilities are discussed. The Wyoming Advisory Panel for Students with Disabilities (WAPSD) will be holding public meetings at Little America, 2800 West Lincolnway, Cheyenne, WY 82009

January 15, 2013

WDE seeks community sponsors for the Summer Food Service Program

The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) is seeking community sponsors for the Summer Food Service Program for this coming summer of 2013. Learning does not end when school lets out, and neither does the need for good nutrition. Children who aren’t hungry learn better, behave better, and feel better. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) helps all children up to the age of 18 get the nutrition they need during summer months when they don’t have access to other school meal programs.

December 6, 2012

Wyoming releases NAEP vocabulary scores

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill today announced Wyoming’s performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress—known as the Nation’s Report Card or NAEP—in the area of vocabulary. This is a new reporting area for NAEP, and Wyoming’s results for 2011 and 2009 are being released today for the first time ever. Wyoming’s fourth and eighth grade scores were statistically the same as the nationwide average for public schools in 2011.

December 4, 2012

State Board of Education Teleconference cancelled

The Wyoming State Board of Education has cancelled the scheduled teleconference for December 10, 2012. The next State Board of Education meeting will be held January 8-9, 2012 in Cheyenne.


November 20, 2012

Goins Elementary Laura Drake named Wyoming Teacher of The Year

State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Cindy Hill, announced today that Laura Drake, a third grade teacher at Goins Elementary of Laramie County School District #1, has been named Wyoming’s 2013 Teacher of the Year.


October 23, 2012

WDE releases final AYP numbers for 2012

Following the district review period and completing the quality assurance process, the Wyoming Department of Education releases the final results of 2012 Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). The release of information came on Oct. 18.

October 8, 2012

Additional WAEA presentations planned for Wyoming

The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) will present five briefings concerning the Wyoming Accountability in Education Act (WAEA) during October. Click here for more dates and times of presentations by the Wyoming Department of Education.


September 19, 2012

State Board of Education to meet in Jackson

The Wyoming State Board of Education will meet Sept. 26-27 at the Snow King Resort in Jackson. Among the topics the board will review during the work session are: an update from the State Board of Education Coordinator; a report from the legislative subcommittee; information on dual immersion; the direction of assessment and End of Course; the board’s strategic plan, a Chapter 31 update and information the Oct. 15 report to the Legislature.

September 18, 2012

Clarification on 2012 AYP data

The purpose of this press release is to provide clarity to the September 17, 2012 press release concerning Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). All Wyoming school districts have reviewed their AYP related data; one district’s AYP determinations remain under review per its request.

September 17, 2012

Department of Education releases AYP data

The Wyoming Department of Education announced today the release of the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) information as defined by the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001. All Wyoming school districts have reviewed their AYP related data; one district’s AYP determinations remain under review per their request.

September 7, 2012

Notification of Waiver Request for Title I,Part A Requirement (34 C.F.R. § 200.37(b)(4)(iv))and Request for Public Comment

The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) is seeking public comment regarding a waiver request. The WDE is requesting a waiver of the 14-day notification provision of the Title I, Part A requirement for a local educational agency (LEA) to provide parents of eligible students with notice of their public school choice options at least 14 days before the start of the school year (34 C.F.R. § 200.37(b)(4)(iv)).


August 22, 2012

Wyoming Department of Education releases 2012 ACT report

The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) announces the release of the 2012 ACT (The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2012) test results. The purpose of this release is to provide Wyoming-specific information to parents, students, educators and communities.


July 23, 2012

PAWS and PAWS-Alt Scores Released Today…It’s Good News!

The Wyoming Department of Education released the statewide scores for the Proficiency Assessment of Wyoming Students (PAWS) and Proficiency Assessment of Wyoming Students – Alternative (PAWS-ALT) today in Cheyenne. The PAWS outcomes released today continue a two-year upward achievement trend. According to historical PAWS data, the percentages of students testing proficient or advanced in each of the tested subject areas, math, reading and science, are the best performances recorded by Wyoming’s students. That is statewide across all tested grades. Among the highlights of the information release was 90.3

July 16, 2012

Department of Education readies PAWS and AYP data

The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) announced today its projected release dates for the 2012 results of the Proficiency Assessment of Wyoming Students (PAWS), the Proficiency Assessment of Wyoming Students-Alternate Assessment (PAWS-ALT) as well as school districts’ Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) determinations.

July 12, 2012

State Board of Education to hold teleconference

State Board of Education to told teleconference July 12, 2012 The Wyoming State Board of Education will hold a teleconference on Monday, July 16, 2012 from 3:00-3:45 p.m. The items for discussion are possible contracts for EA 65, a memorandum of understanding with the University of Wyoming and Chapter 18 revisions. Read more

July 5, 2012

State Board of Education schedules teleconference

The Wyoming State Board of Education will hold a teleconference on Monday, July 9, 2012 from 3:00-4:30 p.m.

July 5, 2012

Magee named Director of Standards, Learning and Accountability at WDE

The Wyoming Department of Education announced today the selection of Julie Magee as their new Division Director of Standards, Learning & Accountability.


June 21, 2012

Wyoming Department of Education’s Waiver Request Sent to U.S. Secretary of Education

Today Wyoming’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, Cindy Hill, sent a letter to the Honorable Arne Duncan, the United States’ Secretary of Education requesting a waiver of certain requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

June 8, 2012

Wyoming Department of Education Offers Workshops for Math Standards

In accordance with the Wyoming Department of Education’s learning focus on literacy and numeracy, the WDE, as part of the new partnership with REL Central, is developing and deploying training called: WY Figures: New Math Standards.

June 8, 2012

National 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) results released

The Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released the National results from the 2011 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Results can be found on the Wyoming Department of Education web site.

June 6, 2012

Tiffany Dobler Joins WDE as Special Programs Division Director

Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill is pleased to announce the addition of Tiffany Dobler to the Wyoming Department of Education as Special Programs Director.

June 6, 2012

Standards Review: Wyoming Content and Performance Standards for Science, Social Studies, Physical Education, and Career-Vocational Education

Pursuant to W.S. § 21-2-304(a)(iii), the Wyoming State Board of Education must prescribe uniform student content and performance standards for the common core of knowledge specified by W.S. § 21-9-101(b)(i). The Wyoming Content and Performance Standards must be reviewed every five (5) years per W.S. § 21-2-304(c). Beginning on June 18, 2012, a standards review will occur for Science, Social Studies, Physical Education and Career-Vocational Education content areas.


May 23, 2012

Formation of Wyoming Education Accountability Professional Judgment Panel

The Wyoming Board of Education today announced that it is seeking nominations to the 27 member professional judgment panel being formed to provide broad-based representation and information to be used in developing and establishing the Wyoming Accountability in Education Act (WAEA) accountability model. A more thorough description of the work of the panel may be found in the Section 5 of the Act (please review pages 644-649 of the referenced PDF file [DO NOT use page numbers on the document, USE page numbers shown in the PDF program]; http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2012/BillswithFN/Chapter/All%20Chapters.pdf)

May 10, 2012

2011 Wyoming NAEP Science Scores Released

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill today announced Wyoming’s performance on the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress, known as the Nation’s Report Card or NAEP. Wyoming’s eighth grade students continue to outperform the national average test score in science. Additionally, students increased Wyoming’s science scores from those reported for 2009.


April 27, 2012

State Board of Education Approves Change to Chapter 31 Rules

In 2010, the State Board of Education started a process pertaining to three of Wyoming’s content and performance standard areas; English language arts, math and health. Part of that process involved a period where members of the general public could review and comment on the proposed changes to the state standards in those three areas, that period lasted from December 2011 through early February 2012.

April 5, 2012

School Improvement Grant Conference Slated for Casper

Understanding more about research, learning about new online tools, and the examination of goals and benchmarks for leading and lagging indicators are all part of the agenda for next week’s School Improvement Grant (SIG) Conference, sponsored by the Wyoming Department of Education.

April 4, 2012

Public Comment, 2012 Part B Application for Federal Special Education Funds

Each year the Wyoming Department of Education submits an application for Part B Federal Special Education Funds. There are two basic components to the application for funds which are posted on the WDE website here. The Department will be accepting public comment from April 2, 2012 through May 2, 2012.


March 30, 2012

Wyoming 2010-11 High School Graduation Rate

Using the established United States Department of Education methodology, the Wyoming Department of Education’s Federal Four-Year Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate, or “on-time” graduation rate, is 79.74% for the class of 2011 (the 2009-2010 rate was 80.42%) . Wyoming graduated 52 more students than last year. It should be noted that thirty-nine (39) of Wyoming’s forty-eight (48) districts have graduation rates above the state average; twenty-four (24) districts have graduation rates at or above eighty-five (85%) percent.

March 30, 2012

Education Leadership Symposium slated for Lander

The Wyoming Department of Education’s Special Programs Division will host the sixth annual Education Leadership Symposium in Lander, June 25-28.

March 20, 2012

WDE offers training on Assessment Resource Tool

The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) hosted a requirements meeting on its Assessment Resource Tool (ART) during a demonstration at the Natrona County School District Administration building, Wednesday in Casper.

March 12, 2012

WDE releases Phase II of Assessment Resource Tool

The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) will host a demonstration to the media of its Assessment Resource Tool (ART) at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 14 in the Westwood Room of the Natrona County School District’s Central Services building.


February 6, 2012

Public Comment FY10 Waiver for Extension of School Improvement Funds to 2014

The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) will be writing to the U.S. Department of Education to request a waiver to extend the FY10 funding received by Wyoming under Title I, Part A 1003(g) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). Wyoming is requesting this funding be extended from its original expiration date of September 30, 2012 to an expiration date of September 30, 2014.

February 3, 2012

Chapter 31 protocol: 2011 Wyoming Content Standards for Health, Language Arts, Math

As indicated in the Press Release dated December 22, 2011, public hearings for the Chapter 31 Rules have been set up around the state beginning Monday, February 6th and continuing through Monday, February 13, 2012.

December 23, 2011

Chapter 31: 2011 Wyoming Content/Performance Standards for Health, Language Arts, Math

Per state statute (W.S. 21-2-304(a)(iii)), the Wyoming Content and Performance Standards are revised every five (5) years and are approved by the State Board of Education. For 2011, the following content areas have been revised: Health, Language Arts, and Mathematics. The 2011 Revised Wyoming Content and Performance Standards for Language Arts and Mathematics include the Common Core State Standards. These revisions were approved by the State Board of Education on September 23, 2011.

December 16, 2011

Superintendent Hill Announced School Improvement Grant Awardees

Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill announced the five districts that have been approved for federal School Improvement Grants (SIG). A total of $3,580,001 in funds will be provided to the five districts over three years. The U.S. Department of Education recently allocated Wyoming this money to be distributed as part of the federal Title I program which provides money to districts and schools with high numbers or high percentages of low-income children.

December 14, 2011

2011 YRBS Results Released

The Wyoming Department of Education announces the release of the 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) summary and results. A complete set of Youth Risk Behavior Survey results can be accessed on the WDE website here.

December 7, 2011

Chapter 31: 2011 Wyoming Content/Performance Standards for Health, Language Arts, Math

Per state statute (W.S. 21-2-304(a)(iii)), the Wyoming Content and Performance Standards are revised every five (5) years and are approved by the State Board of Education. For 2011, the following content areas have been revised: Health, Language Arts, and Mathematics. The 2011 Revised Wyoming Content and Performance Standards for Language Arts and Mathematics include the Common Core State Standards. These revisions were approved by the State Board of Education on September 23, 2011. Both the Chapter 31 Rules and the 2011 Revised Wyoming Content and Performance Standards for Health, Language Arts, and Mathematics will be posted on the WDE website at /standards/review-request-for-public-comments/, on December 12, 2011. There, you will also find the Statement of Reasons. Please take time to review these documents.

December 1, 2011

Report on Technological Requirements for Wyoming Students

Superintendent of Public Instruction, Cindy Hill, announced today that the Wyoming Department of Education had completed its study on the bandwidth requirements for the next generation of the Wyoming Equality Network (WEN v3). The report was the culmination of information gathered from students, parents, educators, administrators and experts in the Kindergarten through Grade 12 (K-12) schools and from community colleges across Wyoming. It is expected that the report will become a component of the process by which the next WEN contract is bid and under which the services will be provided. That contract is expected to take effect July 1, 2014.


August 19, 2011

ACT 2011 High School Graduation Report

ACT released the 2011 High School Graduation Report this week. A total of 5,533 students are included in the 2011 graduating class report. The percent of the average combined score increased to 20.3% from 20.0% in 2010. When reviewing this report, please keep in mind that these results are not a reflection of the junior’s assessed in the spring of 2011. Those students will be seniors in school year 2011-12. The ACT Graduating Class 2011 Report provides information on the performance of graduating seniors who took the ACT as sophomores, juniors, or seniors. The students self reported that they were scheduled to graduate in school year 2010-2011.

August 15, 2011

Town Hall Meetings to Discuss 2013 State Assessment RFP

The Wyoming Department of Education will hold a series of Town Hall Meetings to discuss the upcoming Request for Proposal (RFP) for the 2013 State Assessment. The public and media are encouraged to attend the three events, which are slated for Casper, Moorcroft and Rock Springs in the month of August. The purpose of these meetings is to explain the process for developing a statewide assessment and how it will be used.


June 20, 2011

Preliminary 2011 PAWS Results

The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) presented preliminary Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students (PAWS) results to the Select Committee on Statewide Education Accountability this past week. The WDE now has six years of PAWS results and the trend in the state is positive. The results that were shared compared 2006 PAWS results to 2011 PAWS results. Student achievement increased across the state in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics, assessed since 2006.


May 20, 2011

Settlement Agreement Between the State of Wyoming Department of Education and NCS Pearson, Inc.

A settlement agreement between the State of Wyoming Department of Education and NCS Pearson, Inc. was completed May 16, 2011. The agreement is the culmination of discussions and negotiations occurring between the two parties during the past several months. A copy of the actual agreement is attached.


April 5, 2011

Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students Update

The administration of the 2011 Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students (PAWS) ended April 1, 2011. The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) congratulates all participants who worked so hard and contributed so much to the successful administration of the assessment. WDE also congratulates all students who participated in the assessment process.


March 31, 2011

Public Comment, Application for Part B Federal Special Education Funds

Each year the Wyoming Department of Education makes application for Part B Federal funds. There are two basic components to the application for funds. The first section requires the State to provide assurances that it has policies and procedures to meet all eligibility requirements of Part B of the Act as found in PL 108-446, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and applicable regulations (IDEA). The second component of the application is a spreadsheet showing each required allocation.


February 25, 2011

Wyoming 2009-10 High School Graduation Rates

Using a new methodology established by the United States Department of Education, the Wyoming Department of Education’s Federal Four-Year Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate, or “on-time” graduation rate, is 80.4% for the class of 2010.

February 15, 2011

21st Century Supplemental Funds Grants

Competitive grant applications for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers for after-school programming are now being accepted. Approximately $134,958 will be available to support after-school programming under the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21 CCLC) federal grant program.


January 28, 2011

Wyoming to assess afterschool system with grant funding

The Wyoming Afterschool Alliance (WYAA), an initiative of the Wyoming Community Foundation, has received a three-year grant to conduct a research project surveying the capacity of the public and private afterschool systems and to assess their effectiveness across Wyoming. Read more

January 26, 2011

State Board of Education elects new officers

The Wyoming State Board of Education elected new officers at its most recent meeting in Cheyenne. Gerald “Joe” Reichardt of Wheatland was elected Chairman and Dr. Larry McGarvin of Ten Sleep was elected Treasurer.