Who has the statutory authority over Wyoming’s K-12 education standards?

The State Board of Education (SBE) has the statutory authority over state standards in Wyoming (see state statutes W.S. 21-9-101(b)(i) and W.S. 21-2-304(a)(iii)).

However, the Governor and State Superintendent of Public Instruction signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI), committing Wyoming to the adoption of the CCSS in the Spring of 2009 but the SBE had not voted on the adoption of the CCSS yet.

WDE staff members note their concern in a memo to the Governor in the Spring of 2009:

“The Wyoming State Board of Education has not been part of the discussion regarding this project. They are charged with reviewing and adopting the state Standards. Signing the MOA before they are involved may be problematic”

The MOA signed by the Governor and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction that committed Wyoming to the adoption of the CCSS before the governing authority (SBE) voted on the review or implementation of the standards.

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