On Friday, May 20 the Wyoming State Board of Education voted to move forward into the public comment period to promulgate rules for Wyoming’s new science standards
according to chairman Pete Gosar. All input from the initial public input
period was reviewed at the State Board meeting in Laramie last week.
The following tentative timeline for next steps was presented by the
Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) to the board at the meeting:
-The science standards rules packet will be delivered to Governor Mead by
June 1, and the Governor’s ten-day review period will follow.
-Once this is complete, the WDE will open the next public comment period
starting no later than June 20.
-Wyoming citizens will have the opportunity to comment on the proposed
standards for a minimum of 45 days on the WDE website. After this period,
the WDE will gather all public comments and present them to the State Board
of Education in September.
“We are grateful to the science standards taskforce and the Wyoming
Department of Education for their dedication throughout this process,” said
Gosar. “The board requested a thorough public input process, and the
department’s standards’ team delivered. They’ve also begun drafting
professional development plans and a transition framework for districts –
an essential element to ensuring a successful rollout of the final
standards.” The State Board of Education is responsible for approving
Wyoming’s standards, the Department of Education rolls them out to
districts and districts create local curricula that meet the rigor of the
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