State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies: State Profile

State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies: State Profile - Wyoming

June 2018


This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations. A profile was sent to each state for review and modification, as needed.
 


Kindergarten Requirements
What is the compulsory school age? Age 7 on or before September 15 Wyo. Stat. Ann. § 21-4-102
What is the state's kindergarten entrance age? Age 5 on or before September 15 Wyo. Stat. Ann. § 21-4-302
What age exemptions or waivers exist for kindergarten entrance? Opt-in: Age 6 on or before September 15, may register in grade 1. Wyo. Stat. Ann. § 21-4-302
Does the state require children to attend kindergarten? Not specified in statute, rules, or regulations.
Does the state require the district to offer kindergarten and if so, full or half day? What exemptions exist for districts? Yes — Half-Day. School districts must establish and maintain relationships with a district that offers one full-day kindergarten. Wyo. Stat. Ann. § 21-3-110
How many hours are required for grades K-3? 450 hours per year minimum in Kindergarten. 900 hours per year minimum in elementary grades. Wyo. Admin. Code § EDU GEN Ch. 22 s 5;
Wyo. Stat. Ann. § 21-2-304
Teacher Quality
What are the teacher-to-student ratio requirements for grade K-3? Goal of 1:16 in grades K-3. Wyo. Stat. Ann. § 21-9-101
What are the requirements for teacher training and professional development in reading? Not specified in statute, rules, or regulation.
What are the requirements for teacher training and professional development in math? Not specified in statute, rules, or regulation.
Does the state have an early learning endorsement or license specific to K-3? Early Childhood Endorsement, Birth to age 8 or Grade 3. Wyo. Admin. Code § AI TSB Ch. 4 s 4
School Readiness and Transitions
Are kindergarten entrance assessments required? Each district must administer reading screening assessment to students in kindergarten through grade 3. Wyo. Stat. Ann. § 21-3-401
What are states required to do with the results of the KEA? Each district must report reading assessment results to the department of education on an annual basis. The reading assessment results are used to determine appropriate interventions. Wyo. Stat. Ann. § 21-3-401
Are there programs in place to guide the pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition process? The Early Childhood Partnership Grant funds are intended to brings early childhood stakeholders together to provide for a seamless transition into a school setting. Wyo. Admin. Code § FAMS EC Ch. 1 s 9
Does the state have a statutory definition of school readiness? What do states use their definition of school readiness to inform? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Assessment, Intervention and Retention
Are assessments required in grades K-3? Students in grades 3 through 10 must complete a statewide assessment in English language arts and mathematics. District must administer a K-3 reading assessment. Wyo. Stat. Ann. § 21-2-304
Wyo. Stat. Ann. § 21-3-401
What do the results of K-3 assessments inform? Results of the statewide and district assessments must be reported to students, parents, schools, school districts, and the public. The statewide assessment results are used to design educational strategies to increase student performance. Assessment results shall also be used to guide actions by the state board and the department in providing and directing a progressive multi-tiered system of support, intervention and consequences to districts in developing school improvement plans in response to student performance. Results of the K-3 reading assessments inform interventions. Districts must annually report to the Department of Education on the progress of each of its schools toward reaching the goal of 85% of all students reading at grade level upon completion of third grade. Wyo. Stat. Ann. § 21-2-304
Wyo. Stat. Ann. § 21-3-401
Are there interventions available beginning in kindergarten? What are the interventions available for students in grades K-3? Interventions are available for students who do not show appropriate reading competence on the K-3 reading screening. Student who do not demonstrate competency are placed on a individual reading plan that is evidence based. Wyo. Stat. Ann. § 21-3-401
Is there a third grade retention policy? Not specified in statute, rules, or regulations.
Family Engagement
For those states with pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition guidance, is family engagement a requirement? Yes, family engagement is included as a requirement of the Early Childhood Partnership Grant. Wyo. Admin. Code § FAMS EC Ch. 1 s 9
For those states with third grade retention policies, is parental input required? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Social-Emotional Learning
Where is social-emotional development emphasized in statute? Professional learning opportunities in social-emotional development are supported through developmental preschool funding. Wyo. Stat. Ann. § 21-2-706

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