Wyoming

Advanced Placement Incentive (API) Program Grants

Advanced Placement Incentive (API) Grants Awarded
Wyoming has not been awarded an API Program grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

View a list of all API awards at the U.S. Department of Education website.

Citation:
U.S. Department of Education. (2012). Advanced placement incentive program grants. Retrieved from http://www2.ed.gov/programs/apincent/awards.html

Dual Enrollment and Early College High School

Dual Enrollment and Articulation
“Wyoming offers dual enrollment and concurrent/transcripted credit to ease the transition from secondary to postsecondary [education].…Wyoming passed a bill in 2011 that addresses dual and concurrent enrollment protocols” (National Association of State Directors of Career and Technical Education Consortium, 2013).

Under Wyoming’s Postsecondary Enrollment Options program, a school district board of trustees may enter into an agreement with a community college district board of trustees or with the University of Wyoming to enable students to simultaneously earn credit toward high school graduation and a postsecondary degree (Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, 2011).

Early College High School
Wyoming is not participating in the Early College High School Initiative (ECHSI). More information about schools participating in ECHSI is available at the ECHSI website (Early College High School Initiative, 2013).

Citations:
Early College High School Initiative. (2013). Schools. Retrieved from http://www.earlycolleges.org/schools.html

National Association of State Directors of Career and Technical Education Consortium. (2013). Wyoming [Interactive map of state career technical education profiles]. Retrieved from http://cteworks.careertech.org/state-profile/details/wyoming

Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. (2011). Wyoming [Interactive map of state policies]. Retrieved from http://higheredpolicies.wiche.edu/content/policy/state/WY

Career and Technical Education and Programs of Study

Career and Technical Education (CTE)
The Wyoming State Board of Education has adopted CTE practice standards at the secondary level for non-career-specific employability skills..Wyoming has developed technical skills assessments that are aligned to state CTE standards. These instruments serve as end-of-course or end-of-program assessments of students’ mastery of the full range of knowledge and skills within the specific CTE programs of study or courses. Wyoming has not adopted postsecondary CTE standards. Institutions of higher education are allowed to adopt their own standards (National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium, 2013b).

Wyoming has expressed support for the Common Career Technical Core, a state- and district-led initiative to develop relevant and rigorous content standards for career and technical education aligned with the 16 national career clusters. (National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium, 2013a). Further information about the Common Career Technical Core is available at the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium website.

Wyoming’s full Perkins IV five-year state plan is available from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education website. For more information about CTE in Wyoming, visit the Wyoming Department of Education website. Additional information about CTE in Wyoming is available from the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium website.

Programs of Study
“Wyoming has adopted the National 16 Career Clusters Model and is implementing all 16 Career Clusters” (NASDCTEc, n.d.). 

The 16 National Career Clusters include:

  • Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
  • Architecture and Construction
  • Arts, Audiovisual Technology, and Communications
  • Business, Management, and Administration
  • Education and Training
  • Finance
  • Government and Public Affairs
  • Health Science
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Human Services
  • Information Technology
  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
  • Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics (NASDCTEc, 2013a).

 

Citations:
Hess, S. (2007). Perkins IV: Programs of study state by state review: PY 2007–08. Retrieved from http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ovae/pi/cte/prgms-stdy2007.pdf

National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium. (2013a). The 16 career clusters. Retrieved from http://www.careertech.org/career-clusters/glance/careerclusters.html

National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium. (2013b). The state of career technical education: An analysis of state CTE standards. Silver Spring, MD: Author. Retrieved from http://www.careerclusters.org/sites/default/files/State-CTE-Standards-ReportFINAL.pdf

National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium. (n.d.). Wyoming [Interactive map of state CTE profiles]. Retrieved from http://cteworks.careertech.org/state-profile/details/wyoming

National Policy Landscape

Definition of College and Career Readiness
Wyoming has not adopted or made available a definition of college and career readiness.

Common Core State Standards
The state adopted the Common Core State Standards in 2012. To learn more about the Common Core in Wyoming visit the Wyoming Department of Education website. View all of the states that have adopted the Common Core at the Common Core State Standards Initiative website.

Next Generation Science Standards
Wyoming is not a lead partner for the development of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). View all of the states that are lead partners at the NGSS website.

ESEA Flexibility
The Wyoming Department of Education’s ESEA flexibility request is pending approval. The full ESEA flexibility request can be viewed at the U.S. Department of Education (ED) website. A complete list of states applying for flexibility, including both approved and pending requests, is available on ED’s ESEA flexibility website.

Race to the Top
Wyoming applied for but was not awarded a Race to the Top (RTT) grant during Phase 1. Wyoming’s RTT application is available to be viewed on the ED website. View a list of all RTT awards at ED’s RTT decision letters website.

Participation in Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) and/or Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC)
Wyoming is a member of SBAC. View all of the participating states on the SBAC website. View all of the states participating in PARCC on that consortium’s website.

Longitudinal Data Systems

Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems Grant Program
To date, Wyoming has not received a State Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) grant from the National Center for Education Statistics (U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, n.d.).

View all of the states that have received SLDS grants at the National Center for Education Statistics website.

Longitudinal Data System Policy Initiatives
Wyoming takes the following steps to effectively use longitudinal data systems:

  • “Create stable, sustained support for robust state longitudinal data systems
  • Build data repositories (e.g., data warehouses) that integrate student, staff, financial, and facility data
  • Create reports that include longitudinal statistics on school systems and groups of students to guide school-, district-, and state-level improvement efforts” (Data Quality Campaign, n.d.)

 

Citations:
Data Quality Campaign. (n.d.). State analysis responses by state: State actions. Retrieved from http://www.dataqualitycampaign.org/your-states-progress/by-state/state-actions

U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics. (n.d.). Grantee states [Interactive map of grantee states]. Retrieved from http://nces.ed.gov/programs/slds/stateinfo.asp

Secondary and Postsecondary Alignment

PK–16/–20 Council
The Wyoming Education Coordinating Council was formed in 2007, replacing the Wyoming PK–16 Education Council. Coordinating council members include representatives from early learning; primary and secondary education; postsecondary education; the state government, as represented by the Office of the Governor and the state’s Joint Education Committee; and the business community. The scope of the initiative remains PK–16.

The council is focused on the following issues:

  • Supporting development of Common Core State Standards taxonomy that is consistent across curricular content in courses with the same name
  • Encouraging rigorous high school curricula, especially in the area of science
  • Developing and implementing a statewide longitudinal data system
  • Identifying sustaining funding
  • Communicating the above goals and activities to state policymakers (Education Commission of the States, 2008).

 

Citation:
Education Commission of the States. (2008). P–16/P–20 councils. Retrieved from http://mb2.ecs.org/reports/Report.aspx?id=910

High School and College Alignment

Subject

High School Graduation Requirements

College Admission Requirements

English Credits:

4.0

4.0

Mathematics Credits:

3.0

4.0 (including Algebra I, geometry, and Algebra II)

Social Studies Credits:

3.0

None specified (N/S)

Science Credits:

3.0

3.0 (including one course in physical science)

Foreign Language Credits:

N/S

N/S

Arts Credits:

N/S

N/S

Additional Credits:

N/S

3.0 (selected from among fine and performing arts, social and behavioral studies, humanities, additional foreign language, or career-technical courses)

Total Credits:

13.0

13.0

Tests:

Examination on the principles of the United States and State of Wyoming constitutions

Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or ACT®

Source:

Wyoming Department of Education

University of Wyoming

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Additional Resources
  • Achieve summarizes Wyoming’s policies on college and career readiness standards, assessments, and accountabilities on this website.
  • The Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University assesses the progress of Wyoming in addressing the high school dropout challenge on this website.
  • The Lumina Foundation maintains a database of state progress toward meeting the goal of ensuring at least 60 percent of adults in each state have college degrees or higher by 2025. Data on educational attainment for adults across Wyoming and in each of the state’s counties is available on this website.
  • The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) maintains the State Higher Education Policy Database, which includes information on accelerated learning options, student financial aid, and other policies enacted by Wyoming and its legislature on this website.