Wyoming Liberty Group
What do PAWS, NAEP & ACT have in common besides being arcane acronyms? They are all K-12 education testing systems, each testing different age groups by subject, with the object of assessing what kids know and can do. They’ve also become canaries in the coal mine telling us our education systems and theories are ineffective. See the four graphs below.
We recently overheard an opinion that Washington D.C.’s K-12 schools have had the greatest improvement in National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores of any jurisdiction in the U.S. in recent years. We’ve also heard Wyoming legislators heap praises on Wyoming’s school system for its improved NAEP scores. Let’s compare them, shall we?
On March 17th staff member Robert Nelson had the opportunity to sit down with KGAB host Glenn Woods. They discussed topics based on education such as Wyoming’s education budget and the upcoming work of the recalibration committee. They also discussed the recent legislative session and it’s most engaged legislators.
The purpose of Wyoming’s K-12 education system, according to the Wyoming Supreme Court, is to provide education that is “the best we can do” as well as “unsurpassed” and “visionary” A growing body of evidence shows that those characteristics are achieved, primarily, by having great teachers.
Ever wonder what it’s like to testify in front of a committee? Watch as our very own Robert Nelson testified to the Wyoming House Education committee last January.