Wyoming’s school system ranks sixth in the nation

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — A “Quality Counts 2019” report ranks Wyoming’s education system as sixth in the nation, up from seventh in 2018.

New Jersey ranked first in the report.

“Once again, Wyoming scored the highest among western states, and first in the nation in school finance,” the Wyoming Department of Education said on Thursday, Sept. 5.

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The report is “Education Week’s” 23rd annual report.

“’It is always positive news to see Wyoming at the top of national rankings, and also improving from year to year,’ said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow. ‘Adequate funding for education has been a bedrock of Wyoming education since the state’s founding.'”

“‘Our funding model has allowed us to make a real difference in the lives of all students. For instance, the Nation’s Report Card places Wyoming above national averages consistently from year to year.’”

The rankings are based on these criteria:

  • a Chance-for-Success Index
  • K-12 Achievement Index
  • school finance.

Education Week says that Wyoming received an overall score of 82.3 out of 100. This gives them a B-minus grade compared to the national average of a C.

“Diving into the findings for the three graded indices, Wyoming earns a C-plus in the Chance-for-Success category and ranks 28th,” they explained. “The average state earns a C-plus.”

“In School Finance, Wyoming receives an A and ranks first. For the K-12 Achievement Index, it finishes 12th with a grade of C. The average state earns a grade of C in both School Finance and K-12 Achievement.”