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April 22, 2021 - SPECIAL EDITION


Chapter 10 Rules Effective on April 7, 2021

On April 7, 2021, Governor Gordon approved the Ch.10 Rules on Standards, which included the 2020 Computer Science Performance Standards and the 2020 Math Extended Standards. This makes the standards adopted and effective on that date. Professional Development on both sets of standards will be forthcoming over the next few years to assist districts with implementation efforts.

2020 Computer Science Performance Standards

  • Adopted on April 7, 2021 - 2020 Computer Science Performance Standards.
  • To be implemented by the start of school year 2022-23.
  • The 2019 Computer Science Content Standards were adopted on February 4, 2020, but without the Performance Standards (PS). These two sets of standards have been merged into a common document with the PLDs and replace the 2019 edition.
  • The Computer Science Content & Performance Standards with PLDs and related documents can be found on the WDE Computer Science Webpage. Note: Appendix B: Performance Levels Descriptors has been revised and incorporated into this main document. 
  • Per SEA 48 - A Computer Science course can count as a year of science for graduation and for Hathaway or for a fourth year of math for Hathaway but cannot count both for a single student. The course can also count toward the CTE Programs of Study for Hathaway.

2020 Math Extended Standards

The Wyoming Extended Content and Performance Standards define the essential knowledge and skills that allow students with the most significant cognitive disabilities to achieve high academic expectations and to access the general academic curriculum.

The Extended Standards are linked to the grade-level Wyoming Content and Performance Standards and provide a common set of goals and expectations for all students with the most significant cognitive disabilities in Wyoming. They also provide a consistent framework for challenging instruction to promote access to the general education curriculum. Students are assessed on the extended standards through the WY-ALT assessments.


The WDE has updated the Standards in Spreadsheets, found on the WYCPS webpage, to reflect these newly adopted standards.


For All Ten (10) Content Areas:

The following terms and additional information can be found on the WDE Wyoming Content & Performance Standards webpage, including UPDATED Standards in Spreadsheets, for the 10 general content standards and the three extended standards.

Content Standards define the content and skills students are expected to know and be able to do by the end of the grade band or grade level. They are built foundationally and then in learning progressions. They do not dictate what methodology or instructional materials should be used, nor how the material is delivered.

Performance Level Descriptors (PLDs) describe the performance expectations of students for each of the four performance level categories: advanced, proficient, basic, and below basic. These are a description of what students within each performance level are expected to know and be able to do.

Performance Standards (PS) are developed after the Standards Review Committee finalizes the Content Standards and PLDs. They identify a subset to be the PS by which all students are expected to learn and be assessed on through the district assessment system by the end of the grade band or grade level. They specify the specific degree of understanding or demonstration of the knowledge and/or skill for a particular content standard. As such, they employ clear action verbs and describe “how good is good enough.” 

The Proficient PLD is the Performance Standard expectation by which to measure student achievement. For the PS, the Content Standard is marked with an asterisk (*) and blue highlight, and the Proficient PLD statement is highlighted in blue.

Districts are expected to give students multiple opportunities to demonstrate proficiency on the Performance Standards through the District’s Assessment System (DAS) and provide appropriate supports for student success. Teachers should provide extra focus, targeted supports, and offer multiple opportunities to demonstrate student understanding and proficiency. These PS can be assessed through the DAS in a variety of ways, including through formative assessments, benchmark and interim assessments, as well as summative assessments.

Wyoming Department of Education

Standards Team

Barb Marquer, Supervisor  | 307-777-5506

Rob Black, Social Studies/P.E./Health  | 307-777-3747

Antoinette Hallam, EL/Foreign Language  | 307-777-5217

Lori Pusateri-Lane, ELA/F&PA  |  307-777-8595

Shannon Wachowski, Science & C/VE  |  307-777-8753

Alicia Wilson, Math/Computer Science  |  307-777-5036  

Laurie Hernandez, Director  | 307-777-3469