WPR News
7:27 pm
Wed January 4, 2006

Wyoming Gets Poor Grade for Education Policy

Laramie, Wy – The national magazine, Ed Week, put out its annual report card Wednesday. It says education policy in Wyoming is below average and that the state fairs poorly in teacher quality-- among other things.
The head of Education in Wyoming, Doctor Jim McBride, says he feels this grade is inconsequential because teachers and districts are doing superb work and it is not terribly relevant that a national, bureaucratic group would give Wyoming a poor grade because it is based their definitions not Wyoming's. He says it is valuable to slow down and make sure the state has its bases covered.
McBride says there is one thing to take from this. That is Wyoming needs to ensure its definition of a quality teacher is the same as the national agency that does teacher certification. He says the state is working to make that happen.