Common Core in Wyoming:
Wyoming Content and Performance Standards

Wyoming has employed a hands-off approach to Common Core implementation, providing few resources and allowing local school districts to choose how to implement Common Core standards. Wyoming has already rejected the Next Generation Science Standards.

Common Core Implementation Status

1. Teacher Professional Development
2. Curriculum Guides
or Instructional Materials
3. Teacher Evaluation

New Curriculum

State designs frameworks

State provides frameworks

State designs guides

State provides guides

Local districts only

New Assessments

PARCC member

SBAC member

ACT Aspire

Developing own CC-aligned assessments

New Expenditures

New expenditures required to implement the Common Core

Current annual education expenditures

Race to the Top Phase 2 award

(State is not a Race to the Top recipient.)

Education Database Status

P-20 development required by state law

State is capable of having a P-20 database

State has access to homeschool students’ data

Potential Impacts on Homeschooling

State currently requires homeschoolers to take state-prescribed tests and report their scores

Homeschoolers must file notice of intent to homeschool

Common Core Legislation

HB 167 sought to retain state sovereignty by rejecting the imposition of specified rules on the Wyoming Department of Education. This bill would also prohibit the sharing of educational data. HB 197 would require consent of parent or guardian before collecting, storing, or sharing students’ educational data.


HB 0097 established an advisory council to the state board of education to assess curriculum content and performance standards. This bill also prohibits participation in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, and rejects the use of stimulus money in Common Core implementation.


Local Action Groups

Advocates and Opponents in Wyoming

None at this time

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Updated: 5/26/2014