Wyoming Education Needs Public Input To Serve Our Kids

Wyoming Education Needs Public Input To Serve Our Kids

Written by on January 13, 2022

Education in Wyoming is under the microscope, as both the Wyoming Department of Education and the Governor’s Office seek to improve standards and quality.

In 2021, Wyoming was ranked 19th on the list of the best public schools in the United States. Public schools benefit from public input, which is being sought by two state agencies overseeing the education of Wyoming’s children.

Governor Mark Gordon’s K-12 Education advisory group released a short survey seeking input and ideas from Wyoming residents. The group seeks views on creating the ideal education system for the state’s future.

Announced in May 2021, the Reimagining and Innovating the Delivery of Education (RIDE) Advisory Group is tasked to study and develop recommendations for elevating Wyoming’s primary and secondary education system into a position of national leadership. Its membership includes independent volunteers with an interest in Wyoming’sucation system.

The key to the effort is to learn more about what Wyoming families, communities, and businesses expect from the state’s education system.

“We want to hear from everyone who cares about Wyoming’s12 education system – parents, students, educators, and employers,” Governor Gordon said. “We “want their opinions about what it is we liked  our schools to be able to deliver for our students.”

Community listening sessions are planned for late spring and summer across the state. In addition, anyone can find additional information on the RIDE Advisory Group and a link to the survey on the group’s website.

“There is more to examine about our education system than just its cost,” t” e Governor added. “Th “t is what I would like the RIDE group to look at, and a key component of that effort is gathering input from Wyomingites.”

Courtesy Wyoming Department of Education

Courtesy Wyoming Department of Education

Meanwhile, the Wyoming Department of Education has its own public input sessions to standardize math and science across the state.

The Wyoming Department of Education seeks public comment on the proposed Chapter 10 Rules. These rules include the proposed 2021 Performance Standards for both Math and Science.

Performance standards are a subset of the content standards that all students are expected to learn and be assessed on, specifying the degree of understanding for that particular standard.

Performance standards were first identified for Computer Science in 2021 and are now being determined for other content areas by the State Board of Education.

Public comment may be submitted online or via mail by 11:59 p.m. on February 28, 2022. In addition, the public can attend a virtual Public Comment meeting and provide verbal input. The first 15 minutes will be an informational presentation, and the remainder of the time will be open to public comments.

Join the Zoom meeting here, or call 346-248-7799 Meeting ID: 942 4096 9257. Passcode: 460994

  • 4:30-6 p.m. MST on Monday, February 7, 2022.
  • 6:30-8 p.m. MST on Wednesday, February 9, 2022.
  • 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. MST on Thursday, February 10, 2022.

The standards documents and proposed Chapter 10 Rules can be found on the WDE Chapter 10 Rules on Standards and at the links below:


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