Wyoming adopts Common Core State Standards

Cheyenne — Wyoming State Board of Education Chairman Sandra Barton has announced that Wyoming has adopted the Math and Language Arts Common Core Standards.

The decision was approved by the State Board of Education at its June 16 meeting in Riverton. The new standards will be included in the next revision of the Wyoming Content and Performance Standards, which is currently taking place.

“The board believes that this is the right step for Wyoming,” Barton said. “We have listened to what people had to say, weighed the options and moved forward with what I believe is a good decision for our schools, students and education system.”

Before the adoption of the standards, the board considered recommendations and comments from several sources including a public survey, the Mathematics Standards Review Committee and the English Language Arts Standards Review Committee.

Under the action taken by the board, the Common Core Standards will be included in their entirety in the Wyoming Content and Performance Standards, but additional can and may be added. The standards review committees will continue their work to review and recommend revisions to the common core state standards through December 11, 2011.

After that process is complete, the Wyoming State Board of Education will be asked to adopt the revised Wyoming content standards. Until the completion of the revision process, the current 2008 Wyoming Content and Performance Standards will remain the basis of curriculum and assessment.

“By adopting these standards, the board has raised the bar and I believe that is a good decision,” Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Jim McBride said. “These new standards, along with the other revisions that take place, will better position Wyoming students to compete in the global classroom.”

The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).

The standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts, to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare students for college and the workforce.

The standards are informed by the highest, most effective models from states across the country and countries around the world, and provide teachers and parents with a common understanding of what students are expected to learn. Consistent standards will provide appropriate benchmarks for all students, regardless of where they live.

These standards define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education careers so that they will graduate high school able to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses and in workforce training programs.