Department of Education Asking For Input On New Education Policy

(Wyoming) The "Every Student Succeeds Act" replaced "No Child Left Behind" in December of last year. The change allows the Wyoming Department of Education greater flexibility with their Elementary and Secondary education policies, as well as more freedom in what the state can do with federal education funds. While portions of ESSA have already been implemented, the entire law will not go in to full effect until the 2017-2018 school year. The Department of Education wants to hear from the public about the transition and hear opinions on how the new law should affect Wyoming's students. "It’s critical to look at strengths and gaps in Wyoming education as we align ESSA requirements with current state practices," said State Superintendent Jillian Balow. "Our goal is to strengthen and leverage our accountability system as we implement ESSA, and we will need meaningful input from all stakeholders to get that accomplished." The first of five "Town Hall Meetings" will take place today at 4 p.m. The virtual meetings will allow for anyone in the state to partcipate via web and teleconference. Today's discussion will be about Standards & Assessment practices going forward. To join, go to and enter the pin 38533 when prompted. You can also call in by dialing 888-670-9530 or (307) 438-9905. A full schedule of the other town hall meetings, as well as a full list of details about the Every Student Succeeds Act is available at . To submit comments in writing, you can complete a form online here . #county17 #oilcity #news #whatshappening