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19 Wyoming school districts receive student-teacher waivers
Apr 16, 6:09 AM: The Wyoming Department of Education is allowing 19 school districts to exceed the state-mandated student-teacher ratio in kindergarten through third grade during the 2014-15 school year.
Editorial: State law hinders charters (CER in the news)
Apr 7, 9:09 AM: It continues to be a mystery why Wyoming does not have a robust charter school movement. This is a state that treasures independence, free market competition and local control of schools. It also has a conservative >
Wyoming ranks low on accommodation of charter schools (CER in the news)
Mar 21, 8:43 AM: Wyoming's charter school laws are among the most stringent in the United States, a new national report from the Center for Education Reform says.
Education accountability still on track despite failed bills
Mar 19, 6:56 AM: A new accountability system to grade Wyoming schools, teachers and principals is still on track despite two failed bills on the topic this legislative session, state education officials said Tuesday.
Wyoming delays request for No Child waiver
Jul 9, 5:56 AM:

WY decides to wait to apply for NCLB waiver. Can't meet timieline for teacher/administrator evals. State's goal is to streamline their accountability system with feds. Too many rules is hard to work under.

Panel recommends stripping ed dept. of some duties
Dec 13, 7:26 AM:

Select committee calls for legislation taking accountability duties away from state Super's and ed agency and giving them to BOE. Lots of lawmaker comments and info on consultants' criticism, but nothing clearly states >

Pilot program to evaluate teachers could begin in 2014
Nov 28, 7:07 AM:

Advisory committee recommends pilot teacher eval system begin in 2014, not next year as expected, with full implementation to begin 2 years later. Looks at reasons -- need to test and review results -- and how >

Unified effort transforms failing school into succeeding program
Nov 19, 1:43 PM:

Elementary and middle schools in Fremont Co. raise test scores and end downward spiral. Describes process and changes made to curriculum as well as impact of geographic remoteness on system.

Wyoming education reform may take longer
Nov 14, 7:34 AM:

WY Board seeks to delay state's ed reform until 2015-1016. Few details on reform package. Key lawmaker thinks more time is fine. Other concerns: Too much testing; parent responsibility to get kids to school.

Committee shapes Wyoming teacher evaluation system
Oct 19, 6:02 AM:

WY committee recommends how to proceed with new teacher evals. Goal is to enhance what districts already have in place. Student performance included in evals. Part of plan in building statewide accountability system, but >

Committee advising Legislature on school accountability presents 'cause and effect' plan
Oct 18, 6:15 AM:

Short but salient on WY's attempt to develop eval system. Focus is on teacher portfolios of work. Legislative advisory panel includes teachers, administrators, principals. Takeaway: System's goal is to help students >

New Natrona County students await seats in schools
Aug 15, 12:19 PM:

One WY district struggles to find classrooms for students.  Unexpected population growth said to be cause. Officials requesting that teachers take on 1 more student than agreed to in contract.

District setting up cyber school
Aug 9, 6:28 AM:

WY districts creating its own online school. One reason for district to have own charter is for students to be able to participate in sports and extracurriculars.

Underperforming teachers no longer get raises
Aug 6, 10:38 AM:

Teachers in WY district must meet minimum eval standards to get raise. Explains how new method differs from automatic raises of past. Warns student achievement not part of equation, and how it's a controversial issue.

School board set to approve 2013 budget
Jul 17, 4:14 PM:

Teton Co. (WY) board set to approve $40.5M budget, including transportation, staffing, and technology increases. 

Wyo. getting $1.1M to help low-achieving schools
May 2, 11:04 AM:

WY to receive $1.1 M to reform lowest-performing schools through Ed Dept's School Improvement Grants program. Very brief article gives some info on program, plans for use. 

Blog: Bill requires high school seniors to take the ACT test, again
Jan 19, 1:31 PM:

Some state legislators want 4th-year students to take ACT a second time as accountability measure for last year of high school. They already take exam as juniors. Cost and lawmaker rationale explained, but more needed >

Legislative panel advances education reform bill
Jan 18, 5:51 PM:

Broad strokes to explain new legislative proposal for ed (55 pages). Informative to put in context, for example CA is calling for less, not more testing.  Controversy over whether or not to use ACT for high schoolers. >

Education committee to discuss evaluations
Dec 6, 8:07 AM:

WY leaders meeting to figure out which test is best for measuring school performance. Bigger issue is what to do when scores indicate kids aren't doing well, like latest NAEP scores revealing that only 37% of 8th graders >

Natrona County educators, trustees propose technology policy
Nov 16, 1:26 PM:

Not only students, but teachers, are included in this WY county's tech policy. The goal is to move teachers up the techno food chain. Clearly, teachers need to do more than email and PowerPoint these days. A Board >



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