WDE Information Management News-- June 4, 2018

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06-04-2018  |  General News


The 2018-19 Accountability Timeline is now available. Memo No. 2018-068 was sent out May 29th and contains dates for accountability determination and school improvement events. The timelines in the memo include dates for the following events:

·         Determination of proficiency levels based on the new WY-TOPP assessment

·         Recommendations related to school performance ratings

·         Determination of target levels for each indicator and overall school performance levels

·         Confidential and public release of school performance

·         Identification of schools for support

For questions about state accountability, including alternative school accountability, contact Sean McInerney at sean.mcinerney@wyo.gov. For questions about federal accountability, contact Jon Lever at jon.lever@wyo.gov. For questions about the state assessment, contact Laurie Hernandez at laurie.hernandez@wyo.gov.    



Registration is now open for the September 2018 SIS User Conference. The event will be at the Ramkota  in Casper. Registration is free, but we ask everyone to please sign up so that we have enough materials and supplies. There are discounted rates for sleeping rooms reserved under the Department of Education for attendees. More information is available on the WDE website

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A new indicator called Post-Secondary Readiness (PSR) has been added to the Wyoming accountability model for high schools. Memorandum 2018-039 was released on April 2, 2018 announcing the details of the indicator. For this indicator, a school’s score is based on the percentage of students who meet any of the state-approved definitions of PSR. The three options for PSR are:

  • Option 1 (college ready) – Evidence of college readiness is based on completion of a college preparatory curriculum (e.g., Hathaway Opportunity curriculum) and one or more of the following: a college-ready score on a standardized college entrance exam (e.g., ACT score of 19 or higher) or eligibility to earn college credits through Advanced Placement (e.g., by earning a score of 3 or higher on an AP exam), International Baccalaureate (e.g., by earning a score of 4 or higher on an IB exam), or dual/concurrent courses (e.g., by earning a grade of C or higher in a 1000+ level course). 
  • Option 2 (career ready) – Evidence of career readiness is based on completion of a career/technical education (CTE) pathway (i.e., minimum of a three-course sequence) and one or more of the following: a passing score on a state-approved CTE exam or state-approved industry-recognized certification.
  • Option 3 (military ready) – Evidence of military readiness is based upon completion of a college preparatory curriculum (e.g., Hathaway Opportunity curriculum) or a CTE pathway and a military-readiness score on the ASVAB (e.g., AFQT score of 50 or higher).

For ALL Options:

  • SCED codes should be aligned to the appropriate course, including AP and IB courses. 
  • Local course names and IDs, as well as any course name changes from year to year, should be clearly articulated.
  • Local course IDs and SCED codes must match data submitted on the WDE638.

Contact Julie Magee for more information.   


Beware of free public Wi-Fi.  

Whenever you go online in a public place (like a coffee shop) you have no direct control over its security. Free networks don't encrypt their traffic, so all your information is out there for hackers to collect. Using a VPN will protect your identity and personal data. If you don't have a VPN, consider limiting your online activities by only visiting sites and conducting online activities that don't require personal info like login credentials, bank accounts, or credit card numbers and waiting until you get to a secure connection.