Published Online: January 3, 2006

Wyoming's State Highlights

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Vital Statistics
Public schools 380
Public school teachers 6,567
Pre-K-12 students 87,462
Annual pre-K-12 expenditures $0.8 billion
Minority students 14%
Children in poverty 14%
Students with disabilities 15.4%
English-language learners 4%

Summary of Grades

Wyoming scores above average in two of the four graded policy categories in Quality Counts.

The state ranks near the bottom of the nation in standards and accountability. Its grade suffers greatly because the American Federation of Teachers has rated its academic standards as clear, specific, and grounded in content for only one of the four core subjects. In the area of accountability, Wyoming does not sanction or provide assistance to all of its low-performing schools, nor does it reward high-performing or improving schools.

The state also fares poorly in teacher quality, placing it in the lower tier of states. Wyoming has relatively weak performance in all areas within this category. For example, it does not require aspiring teachers to obtain majors or equivalent coursework in the subjects they will teach. It is also one of only eight states that do not require new teachers to pass subject-knowledge tests for an initial license.

Wyoming does much better in school climate, ranking in the top group of states. The state earns full credit on measures of school facilities and class and school size. But there is room for improvement in the area of school safety.

Wyoming earns an above-average grade in resource equity. The state’s wealth-neutrality score indicates that poorer districts tend to have higher per-pupil funding levels than do wealthier districts. Wyoming is one of only 10 states in which this pattern is found.

State Policy Report Card
Wyoming Avg. State Score
Standards and accountability D B-
Efforts to improve teacher quality D+ C+
School climate B C+
Resource equity C+ C
Overall Grade C C+
Quality Counts Grading Breakdown
Standards and accountability Points awardedPoints possible
Standards 21.25 40
Assessment 22.5 30
School accountability 21 30
65 100
Efforts to improve teacher quality Points awardedPoints possible
Teacher education and qualifications 25.46 35
Teacher assessment 19.5 30
Professional support and training 14.55 20
Accountability for teacher quality 9.6 15
69 100
School climate Points awardedPoints possible
Engagement 13.33 15
School safety 12.5 20
Parent involvement 13.05 15
Choice and autonomy 15 20
Class size 10 10
School size 9.5 10
School facilities 10 10
83 100
Resource equity Points awardedPoints possible
Wealth-neutrality score 33.33 33.3
McLoone Index 24 33.3
Coefficient of variation 21.67 33.3
79 100
Note: Details may not sum to totals due to rounding.

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