The results of Adequate Yearly Progress for the last school year have been released and fewer schools met the required standard.
A-Y-P is a federal measure of achievement that's determined through A-C-T data and the Wyoming Proficiency Assessment. Schools that score poorly on A-Y-P can lose the ability to decide how they spend federal funds.
David Holbrook of the Wyoming Department of Education says that those interested in how their schools fared can look at the Department’s website.
Wyoming’s new Director of Education would like to make some changes to how the state uses assessment tests for students.
Right now the tests take place in the spring and the results of those tests are not available until the fall. Education Director Rich Crandall would like to speed that up, so that teachers can implement the results to better help students.
The State Board of Education will interview six people who want to become Wyoming’s Director of Education. The position was created by the legislature to oversee the State Department of Education after lawmakers removed those duties from the State Superintendent.
State Board Chairman Ron Micheli says they will announce the names of the semi finalists after the candidates have confirmed their availability to be interviewed for the position. He says the board considered a number of people.
Today the Wyoming Board of Education begins the process of trying to find a Director of Education. Board Chairman Ron Micheli said the board plans to interview a group of candidates this weekend and narrow the list to three by Saturday and submit that list to the governor for his consideration.
The Director will be in charge of running the State Department of Education after Superintendent Cindy Hill’s duties were changed by the state legislature. Micheli said that he’s looking for someone who will be a good fit for Wyoming.
Wyoming’s Interim Education Director is expressing concerns about the state’s declining graduation rate. Jim Rose notes that Wyoming’s high school graduation rate has fallen below 80 percent for the second straight year.
The most recent numbers show that 78-point-nine percent of public high school students graduated in the 2011-2012 school year. Rose says this is an indicator that the state has some work to do to get the graduation numbers higher.
For the second straight year, Wyoming students scored 20-point-3 out of a possible 36 in the college entrance exam known as the ACT. The national average was 21-point-one.
Wyoming Education officials say the score is not disappointing because all high school juniors in the state are required to take the test, while only college bound students take the test in 42 other states.
Paul Williams is part of Wyoming’s assessment team. He says Wyoming had mixed results.