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Wyoming House Considers Bill Delaying Common Core

The Wyoming House of Representatives will consider a bill that, if passed, would delay implementation of the Common Core State Standards. Introduced by State Representative Tom Reeder (R-Casper), the bill forbids the state from joining any consortium where it would cede control of its assessments or standards, and directs the Wyoming State Board of Education to withdraw from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.

It also directs the state board to create a content and performance standards advisory council to advise them in “creating and adopting world class content and performance standards that will lead to a broad liberal arts education, resulting in college and career readiness for all students.”

The bill also says that “content and performance standards that are not developed under the sole authority of the state of Wyoming or standards that use the same model framework developed primarily by entities other than the state of Wyoming shall not be adopted or implemented by the state board until expiration of a public comment period of at least one (1) year.”

In order to pass, the bill must be heard in the Wyoming House Education committee, be read three more times in the Wyoming House, and be approved by the state Senate.


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Christopher Piehler is editor in chief of THE Journal.

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