State's education standards outlined

State's education standards outlined

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CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Student achievement, system accountability and increasing service to the education community are among the top goals of the state Department of Education, Wyoming's top education official said.

"The Department of Education wants to lead the conversation about education in our state," State Superintendent of Public Instruction Trent Blankenship said Monday. "We need citizens to understand the changes that are taking place in education so they can support our efforts to raise student achievement."

Blankenship addressed more than 950 teachers from around the state at the North Central Association Fall School Improvement Conference, the largest education assembly in Wyoming which ends today in Casper.

Blankenship also announced his intentions to hold town meetings across Wyoming to discuss education standards.

"We have worked hard to set uniform standards for all of our children in Wyoming," he said. "And I support a test that will tell us if each child is on track to meet standards."

Blankenship invited teachers to be a part of the conversation, but said "we must be willing to hear what those outside our education circle have to say."

More than 140 different presentations were planned on topics including inspired teaching, being successful without burning out and school health programs.

The keynote speaker was Grant Wiggins, a consultant for school districts and state education departments on education reform.

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