by Robert Lattimer, President, Citizens for Objective Public Education (COPE)
The Wyoming State Board of Education met on November 5, 2013, to consider adoption
of the Next Generation Science Standards. Having some unanswered questions regarding
the new standards, the Board decided 9-1 to postpone the adoption process pending further
The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) started a review of the state’s academic content
standards in 2010, with the aim to complete the process by the end of 2013. Under the
supervision of WDE consultant Dr. Jim Verley, the science review process began in early 2012.
A Science Content Review Committee consisting of 37 individuals was appointed to conduct this
review. WDE stated that “educators, parents, students, business and industry representatives,
community college representatives, and the University of Wyoming” all helped with the development
of the standards. However, nearly all of the committee members were educators. Also, the
Committee really didn’t “develop” any standards; they merely recommended that the Wyoming
State Board of Education (WSBE) adopt in whole the Next Generation Science Standards.