The State Board of Education (SBE) is seeking input from educators and the public on their Proposed 2019 Wyoming Computer Science Content and Performance Standards.
In the 2018 budget session, the Wyoming State Legislature passed Senate Enrolled Act 48, which added computer science and computational thinking to the state education program.
At their Jan. 17 meeting, the SBE received and reviewed a draft of the proposed standards.
According to the draft’s introduction, the proposed standards were developed collaboratively through the contributions of the Computer Science Standards Review Committee (CSSRC) which included Wyoming parents, educators, and community members, as well as business members from across the state and nation. The committee’s work was informed and guided by initial public input through community forums, as well as input solicited from specific stakeholder groups.
In a memorandum dated Jan. 22, SBE Chief Policy Officer Kari Eakins asked school administrators and teachers to identify possible impacts of the proposed standards on curriculum and instruction. An educator online surveywill be available through Feb. 26.
Public comment on the proposed standards can be submitted to the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) through an online survey until 11:59 p.m. on March 5, and also at regional meetings.
The closest public input meeting will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25 at Buffalo High School, located at 29891 Old Highway 87.
According to the release, the meeting will start with a 20-minute presentation on the standards review process and the review timeline, followed by a question and answer session. The remainder of the meeting will be dedicated to public comment.
A summary of the public input gathered during these meetings will be presented to the SBE at its March meeting. If the board moves to adopt the draft standards, an additional public comment period will follow before the new standards are adopted.
Once adopted, school districts will have until the 2022-23 school year to implement the new standards into their curriculum, instruction, and assessment system.
“We rely on Wyoming citizens to make the most important policy decisions – computer science is no exception. The standards committee was comprised of 40 members including 16 teachers. I have full faith and confidence in their work,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow. “We value additional input from the public to ensure we do our very best to prepare kids for tomorrow’s world.”