Title: Amending Wyoming Accountability in Education Act
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to pass a bill that establishes standards for measuring school performance.
Requires the State Board of Education to implement a statewide assessment system that measures individual student achievement for each public school district within the state, and the performance of the state’s educational system as a whole (Sec. 1).
Establishes standards for measuring school performance by student academic performance through the following standardized assessments (Secs. 1 and 3):
Reading and mathematics exams in grades 3 through 8;
Science exams in grades 4 and 8;
Writing and language exams in grades 3, 5, and 7 that do not exceed 3 hours; and
A standardized college readiness test in reading, mathematics, science and writing that is required for grade 11 and optional for grade 12.
Establishes the four levels of school performance as “exceeding expectations,” “meeting expectations,” “partially meeting expectations,” and “not meeting expectations” (Sec. 1).
Requires schools labeled “not meeting expectations” to file an improvement plan with the school district superintendent and the Department of Education (Sec. 1).
Authorizes the dismissal of a school’s principal if that school fails to meet the goals of an established improvement plan after 2 consecutive years (Sec. 1).
Appropriates $1.38 million from the School Foundation Program account to the Department of Education to pay for expenses incurred through the implementation of this bill (Sec. 7).