(Gillette, Wyo.) The Wyoming Education Association President Kathy Vetter said the recent results from the 2017 National Assessment of Education Progress show the importance of maintaining school funding in the state.
The NEAP, considered the Nation’s Report Card, showed Wyoming ranked first in fourth grade mathematics scores and has maintained levels in fourth and eighth grade reading, and in eighth grade mathematics, that are higher than the national average.
The association said in a statement released today the NEAP results demonstrate the state must continue to properly fund Wyoming schools.
“In Wyoming, we have an exceptional educational system, and the results show that our students are truly benefitting from that system,” Vetter said.
Every two years, NAEP tests are administered digitally in reading and mathematics to a sample of fourth and eighth grade students. The tests differ from the WY-TOPP assessment, which tests all students.
The NAEP scores, the WEA statement said, are important because the results represent all fifty states, as well as the District of Columbia and Department of Defense (DoD) schools, providing an external and stable trend line for comparing and tracking achievements.
“These scores highlight that the changes made are working and that any cuts to education could cause irreparable damage to our advancements to education,” Vetter said.
During the 2018 legislative budget session, cuts to school funding became a contentious issue. The legislature ended up passing a budget bill that cut $27 million from education in the state.