Education reforms to take longer to implement

Nov 14, 2012 The Associated Press

CHEYENNE -- Wyoming's effort to make its public school students better prepared for college and careers may take up to two years longer to fully implement, members of the Wyoming Board of Education said.

The state and school districts lack the resources to get some of the state's ambitious education reform components in place in the time originally planned by lawmakers, said Paige Fenton Hughes, coordinator of the board.

"The state board is very worried about the accountability model being operational in 2013-14 because that would just be next fall," she said Tuesday.

In a report to the Select Committee on Statewide Education Accountability on Tuesday the board suggested a new timeline of 2015-16 instead.

Lawmakers have worked the past three years to overhaul the state's K-12 public schools after some questioned whether Wyoming was getting adequate results in education despite its $1 billion-a-year investment in public education.

They have passed laws to establish a system measuring progress of student academic growth and grade public schools on how well they are educating their students. The state Education Department would intervene to help individual schools that fail to meet performance standards.

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