The State Board of Education has decided to hold off on making any decisions about how to move forward with development of science standards. A footnote in the state budget bill that the governor signed earlier this month prohibits the Board from adopting, or even considering, a set of national standards that it had been reviewing for more than a year. Some legislators objected to the standards’ treatment of climate change and evolution.
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.