Laramie, Wy – The Wyoming Department of Education is trying to help the public information learn about student performance and see statistics regarding public schools.
The Department of Ed released the report, called the "2005 Wyoming Report Card: Every Student Counts." It is required to do this under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
The report gives information about particular schools, including reports on expenditures, graduation trends, student performance and demographic information. It shows the average A-C-T scores for individual high schools, as well as information about how well graduates perform in the first year of college.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jim McBride says the report gives both parents and educators the information they need to make personal and policy decisions.
McBride said government officials may use information about graduation rates in a forthcoming investigation into high school reform measures. The report states that graduation rates rose slightly in 2003-2004, reaching 80 percent after hovering around 77 percent for a decade. The report is available for review on the education department's Web site.