"The Wyoming Content and Performance Standards serve several purposes. They articulate a set of expectations for what students should know and be able to do, enabling them to be prepared for college and career success; to live a life that contributes to the global community. These expectations are communicated to students, parents, educators, and all other Wyoming stakeholders, and provide a common understanding among educators as to what students should learn at particular grades. State law requires the standards in each content area be reviewed every nine years. Content areas are reviewed based on a Standards Review Cycly approved by the State Board of Education, who also set the Standards Implementation Timeline." (quoted from https://edu.wyoming.gov/educators/standards/)
Why Are Standards Important
"Standards specify the essential learning that students must master. [Standards] provide a K-12 framework to assist school districts, schools, and communities in developing and strengthening curriculum; [they do not prescribe] courses, materials or instructional methodology. Teachers ensure that students achieve [the] standards by using a range of instructional strategies [that] they select based on their students' needs." (quoted from the 2011 Wyoming Language Arts Content and Performance Standards, https://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/standards/final-2012-ela-standards.pdf)
The following Wyoming standards are current as of November 2016. Questions related to Wyoming Content and Performance Standards should be directed to (307)777-7963 or (307)777-3493. All documents are in PDF format.
Review and Revision of the Wyoming Content and Performance Standards (2008-present)
"In its document“Pathway to 2014”the State Board of Education outlined a vision of how the state standards might be strengthened, and how their increased implementation could improve education in Wyoming as we move into the 21st century.
To act on this vision, WDE has been engaged in review and revision of the Wyoming Content and Performance Standards. The process includes involvement from a broad group of Wyoming citizens, including teachers, administrators, Wyoming Community Colleges, the University of Wyoming, parents, and the wider Wyoming community."
For more information on the Wyoming Content and Performance Standards review, click here.
On August 23, 2013, the State Board of Education voted in favor of the proposed changes to Chapter 31 Rules, which include removing Wyoming Content and Performance Standards to their own chapter (Chapter 10 Rules) and revising high school graduation requirements. For the rationale behind these changes, see Chapter 31 Statement of Reasons.
"The grade-level, extended Wyoming Academic Content Standards and Academic Benchmarks define the essential knowledge and skills that allow students with the most significant cognitive disabilities to achieve high academic expectations and to access the general academic curriculum. These standards provide a common set of goals and expectations for all students with the most significant cognitive disabilities in Wyoming. They provide a consistent framework for challenging instruction to promote access to the general education curriculum. The extended Academic Benchmarks are linked to the grade-level Wyoming Content and Performance Standards. They define the competencies, skills, and knowledge that students with the most significant cognitive disabilities need to know and be able to do. Grades kindergarten through eighth and grade eleven are specified in order to promote access to the general education standards and participation in rigorous levels of instruction aligned to the Wyoming Academic Content Standards and Academic Benchmarks to support individual student growth."
"Instructional opportunities addressing the extended Wyoming Academic Content Standards and Academic Benchmarks, combined with instructional supportive assessments with clear targets, enable all students to achieve high standards of academic performance. The basis of the extended Wyoming Academic Content Standards is to provide a framework for instruction of students with the most significant cognitive disabilities and to assist school districts, schools, and communities in developing and strengthening curriculum, rather than prescribing courses, materials, or instructional methodology. They specify the essential learning all students must master. Teachers ensure that students achieve mastery by using a wide range of instructional strategies, accommodations, assistive technology using adapted, grade-level appropriate materials, based on a student’s individual learning characteristics and present levels of performance." All documents are in PDF format.
The State of Wyoming provides Hathaway Merit and Need-based Scholarships to all eligible Wyoming students attending Wyoming Community Colleges or the University of Wyoming. Contact your school counselor for more information.