CHEYENNE - An educational accountability roadshow will get underway in August as The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) and State Board of Education will partner on 13 sessions around the state updating stakeholders on the Wyoming Accountability in Education Act (WAEA).
The Wyoming Department of Education and the State Board of Education (shown here) are partnering for a number of regional summits on the accountability system in Wyoming.
Wyoming's Summit on Education Accountability is a series of meetings offering answers to questions on accountability efforts in Wyoming education, while collecting feedback from educators and parents alike.
"I think it's important that any time you are doing something across the state, you keep the stakeholders and the people around the state as involved as we can possibly do it," said State Board of Education Chair, Ron Micheli. "Generally speaking when there is a void in information or lack of input from around the state, the vacuum tends to be filled sometimes with misinformation, so it's important that we do everything we can to keep the people and the stakeholders involved."
The meetings will be held in five different sites throughout the state as well as two meetings through the WDE's Blackboard Collaborate tool in hopes of accommodating the largest number of interested stakeholders.
Meetings scheduled for August will feature discussion on elements of the WAEA, which are to be presented at the October 24-25, 2013 meeting of the Wyoming Legislature's Joint Education Committee and gather insights from those who attend. The hope is for the meeting format to foster a two-way communication and help educators move forward with implementing elements of the WAEA.
These meetings will observe the following agenda:
|Time allotted ||Subject ||Presenter |
|15 Minutes ||Welcome, introduction and meeting goals ||Paige Fenton Hughes, State Board Coordinator |
|30 Minutes ||Standards, District Assessment Systems, System of Support ||Julie Magee, WDE (Fenton Hughes will provide information on multiple measures) |
|20 Minutes ||Accountability model ||Mike Flicek, WDE |
|20 Minutes ||Assessment ||Deb Lindsey, WDE |
|30 Minutes ||Wrap up, questions and discussion || |
Julie Magee is the WDE's Administrator of the Standards, Learning and Accountability Division said she will present for half an hour on District Assessments. Magee said the idea of a district assessment, and its impact on accreditation is nothing new. However, the Wyoming Legislature did away with the Body of Evidence component of the assessments in 2012. That has resulted in the need for updating the assessment system.
Over the past year a group of curriculum directors have been meeting in an advisory committee role and have developed a new district assessment system. Magee said her group focused on defining criteria, and alignment, fairness, consistency, and standard setting.
"The curriculum directors determined those four things and developed a rubric to figure out what to look for," Magee said. "They also put together a guiding document about the district assessment in its newest form on how we will run the process."
Magee said the district assessment effort is not as focused on high schools as the Body of Evidence was and measures a school's standards towards high school graduation. While previous versions of the state assessment system required renewal every five years, the new system will be examined by the State Board of Education every year in every content area and every grade level.
"The summit is letting us talk about what the process looks like now," Magee said. "My role is to explain what that will look like each year."
WDE assessment division administrator Deb Lindsey will also attend the summits to explain how assessments will be used to measure students, teachers and schools.
"These sessions are an opportunity for the public at large to learn more about the newly emerging state accountability system," Lindsey said. "Specifically, this will let us talk about how each of the different assessment elements are combined to rate schools."
Former Casper educator Dr. Mike Flicek, has been working with the WDE to refine the school performance model. He said the current School Performance Rating Model is in draft form, but was presented to legislators and the State Board of Education in May. The hope is the model will be ready to rate schools following the 2013-14 year.
Currently, the performance model describes all of the indicators, which would contribute to a school's rating. For grades 3-8, the indicators will be: achievement, growth and equity measured by growth. For grades 9-12, the indicators will be achievement, readiness and equity measured by achievement gap.
Another group of meetings will take place after the Professional Judgement Panel (PJP) convenes in Casper, Sept. 16-18. These meetings are scheduled to be more focused in time and scope and will share the results of the PJP and explain how the decisions made by the PJP will impact individual schools. Stakeholder feedback will be recorded and shared with the State Board of Education.
The PJP is a 27-member panel of teachers, administrators and members from higher education as well as the business community. Their role is to set cut scores for each of the indicators to help categorize schools as exceeding expectations, meeting expectations or below expectations. The PJP will meet in September to set the targets.
|Schedule for Regional Summit on Educational Accountability |
|August 26 ||Cheyenne (Hathaway Building, Room 126) ||6 p.m. |
|August 27 ||Gillette ( District Office Board Room) ||Noon |
|August 27 ||Casper (District Administration, Jefferson Room) ||6 p.m. |
|August 28 ||Worland (District Office Board Room) ||Noon |
|August 28 ||Rock Springs (District Office Board Room) ||6 p.m. |
|August 30 ||Online Meeting through Blackboard Collaborate (see below for instructions for joining BBC meeting) ||9: 30 a.m. |
|September 16-18 ||PJP Meeting - Casper || |
|September 24 ||Cheyenne (School Improvement Conference - Little America) ||12:30-1:30 |
|September 30 ||Online Meeting through Blackboard Collaborate (see below for instructions for joining BBC meeting) ||1:30 |
|October 1 ||Rock Springs (District Office Board Room) ||Noon |
|October 1 ||Worland (District Office Board Room) ||6 p.m. |
|October 2 ||Casper (District Office, Annex Building) ||Noon |
|October 2 ||Gillette (District Office Board Room) ||6 p.m. |
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