Standards, PD, & Resources

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October 17, 2022


  • Performance Standards - Math, Science, and Computer Science
  • Assessment Authoring Tool
  • PAEMST 2022-23 Award Cycle
  • Save the Date - 2023 Native American Education Conference
  • Student Competitions
  • Computer Science
  • STEM
  • Career and Technical Education
  • English Language Arts
  • Fine and Performing Arts
  • Social Studies


  • On July 1, 2022, Chapter 10 Rules were signed by Governor Mark Gordon, which included the designation of Performance Standards for Math and Science. 
  • The educator versions, which include the previously adopted Content Standards (no change), the newly adopted Performance Standards (PS), and all the Performance Level Descriptors (PLDs) can be found in the following links: 2021 Math  Content and Performance Standards and 2021 Science Content and Performance Standards
  • Districts have already fully implemented the Content Standards and must implement the designated PS into the district curriculum, instruction, and assessment system, by the start of the 2024-25 school year. 
  • Reminder: On April 7, 2021, the 2020 Computer Science Content and Performance Standards were adopted and are to be fully implemented by the start of the current 2022-23 school year. PERFORMANCE STANDARDS (PS), identified with the code in blue highlight and an asterisk (*), are the standards all students are expected to learn and be assessed on through the district assessment system by the end of the grade band. 
  • 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.” 
  • Districts are expected to give students multiple opportunities to demonstrate proficiency on the Performance Standards through the District Assessment System (DAS) and provide appropriate supports for student success. 
  • For more information, contact Alicia Wilson, Math & Computer Science Consultant, at 307-777-5036 or; Bobbi Eichhorst, Science & CTE Standards Consultant, at 307-777-8753 or; or Barb Marquer, WDE Standards Supervisor, at 307-777-5506 or


Item Authoring Tool is Now Available 

  • Reference the Wyoming Authoring Condensed User Guide to begin creating and sharing assessment items for all 10 content areas of Wyoming Standards.
  • The items will align to the Wyoming Content and Performance Standards or the Wyoming Extended Standards.
  • The full Wyoming Authoring User Guide is also available for detailed information about using the Authoring Tool. 
  • The Authoring Tool is located in the “Before Testing” column of the Educators section on the Wyoming Assessment Portal.

Item Authoring Training Webinar Recordings

For more information, contact the Wyoming Help Desk at 888-897-8024 or


Nominations Open

  • The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the highest honors bestowed by the U.S. government specifically for K-12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teachers.
  • Anyone may nominate exceptional STEM educators currently teaching grades 7-12.  
  • Teachers may also apply directly. 
  • Learn more or nominate through


  • The 14th annual Native American Education Conference will be held August 8-10, 2023, at Central Wyoming College in Riverton.


  • Student applications are being accepted for the 2023 U.S. Senate Youth Program, aimed at youth seeking a career in public service. A $10,000 scholarship goes to Wyoming's top two students. Apply here
  • CyberWyoming Alliance is bringing a virtual challenge of Capture the Flag security puzzles to Wyoming middle and high schools, October 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Three teams will be sponsored, and any school in Wyoming may sign up to be a team on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact or visit the Informational page
  • Students in public, private, and homeschool grades 7-12 may participate in the Fleet Reserve Association’s 2022 Americanism Essay Contest. Grand prize is $5,000. Deadline is December 1, 2022. Contact Cheryl Koski at 307-630-9008 or
  • Qualifying contests will be held this fall for the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Enroll your school today.
  • The National Science Bowl encourages middle and high school students to excel and pursue careers in mathematics and science. 2023 rules. More information.


  • CSTA Wyoming and the University of Wyoming have teamed up to offer the 2nd Annual Teacher Hackathon. Virtual, free, and open to all K-12 teachers. The main event is from 5-7 p.m. on October 24, 2022. Sign up as a team or individually. Register here


  • The University of Wyoming Science and Mathematics Teaching Center is accepting applications for the middle-level math graduate program (starts in January) and science program (starts in June). 
  • National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) Conference will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, March 22-25, 2023. Learn more and register
  • GIS mapping allows students to collect, visualize, and analyze scientific or engineering data about anything involving location. It allows STEM students to do exactly what STEM professionals do in thousands of career fields daily. Learn more.
  • Data Nuggets are free classroom activities, co-designed by scientists and teachers, which bring contemporary research and authentic data into the classroom and build quantitative abilities.
  • Current Wyoming research is available to share with your students through the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research.
  • The Virtual K-12 Roadshow is accessible through the University of Wyoming Science Initiative. 
  • Wyoming migration resources are also available.
  • Your local museum(s) often have virtual field trips, educational trunks, or traveling exhibits.


  • ACTE's CareerTech Vision is November 30-December 3, 2022
  • Join over 4,000 secondary and postsecondary career and technical educators, business leaders and industry professionals from around the world. 
  • Career Development Facilitator Course: learn best practices to support career planning in multiple settings across all ages in this series February-April 2023
  • Registration fee is $320. Sign up here.
  • CTSO calendars for pathway-related professional learning:

Visit the Fall ctEzine and state CTE contacts.



  • Kaj Seifert Foundation Grants are available to help artists, aged 10-17, get a start in one of the performing arts. Fund awards will be directed to the instructor, vendor, camp, or arts service provider. Find more information here.


  • The Buffalo Bill Center of the West Plains Indian Museum is offering two free online Indian Ed for All courses, each worth PTSB credit. Deadline to register is October 17, 2022. Contact Heather Bender at
  • Scholarships are available to attend the National Council for History Education Conference, March 23-25, 2023, in Salt Lake City. Contact John Csepegi ( for more information, or to apply.

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

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

Bobbi Eichhorst, Science/CTE | 307-777-8753

JulieAnn Samora, Administrative Assistant | 307-777-2906

Laurie Hernandez, Director  | 307-777-3469