Wyoming has implemented several literacy policies aimed at improving reading proficiency among its students. The state's approach to literacy education focuses on evidence-based instruction, early intervention, and support for struggling readers. One key policy is the Wyoming Content and Performance Standards for English Language Arts, which outline the skills and knowledge that students need to develop in order to be successful readers, including phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.
Wyoming provides training and support for educators in evidence-based literacy practices, such as balanced literacy instruction, explicit instruction in foundational skills, and the use of formative assessments to guide instruction. The state has established the Wyoming Department of Education's Standards and Assessment Division to provide guidance and support to educators and promote evidence-based literacy practices.
Wyoming uses a statewide assessment, the Wyoming Test of Proficiency and Progress (WY-TOPP), to monitor student progress in reading and identify areas where additional support is needed. The state's Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) framework provides a systematic approach to identifying and supporting struggling readers, with tiered levels of intervention based on student needs.
The Wyoming Department of Education also partners with local organizations and agencies to promote literacy development through initiatives such as the Wyoming Reads program and the Wyoming Early Childhood State Advisory Council. These programs aim to support literacy development among students and families, particularly those in low-income communities. Additionally, the state has established the Wyoming Early Learning Guidelines, which focuses on promoting early literacy development among young children in the state.
Wyoming Student Score Gaps:
This represents no significant change from the state’s 2019 average score.
Data are not reported for Black students in 2022, because reporting standards were not met.
In 2022, Hispanic students had an average score that was 14 points lower than that for White students. This performance gap was not significantly different from that in 1998 (15 points).
In 2022, male students in Wyoming had an average score that was not significantly different from that of female students.
In 2022, students who were eligible for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) had an average score that was 19 points lower than that for students who were not eligible. This performance gap was not significantly different from that in 1998 (18 points).
Information from the NAEP website for 2022 4th grade reading scores.
WY EVIDENCE-BASED CHAMPIONS
WY EVIDENCE-BASED ORGANIZATIONS
These organizations are committed to promoting evidence-based reading practices, providing professional development opportunities for educators, and supporting students in developing strong reading skills.
Wyoming Department of Education
Wyoming State Reading Council
Wyoming Council of Teachers of English Language Arts
The International Dyslexia Association - Rocky Mountain Branch (serves Wyoming)