Survey results shared for state's Education Initiative


WYOMING – The K-12 Education advisory group formed at the order of Gov. Mark Gordon released a report summarizing feedback it received from a statewide survey it conducted earlier this year.

Findings were shared on Tuesday, showing more than 7,000 state residents participated in the survey, which was administered by the governor’s Reimagining and Innovating the Delivery of Education Advisory Group.

Respondents said the state is doing a good job preparing students in areas listed as, “learning outcomes and expectations”, “class content and structure” and “STEM subjects.” The most common points of improvement listed were “learning outcomes and expectations”, “class content and structure” and preparing students with life skills.

A common refrain from those who participated was that the state could improve education by spending resources and allocating them appropriately.

Gov. Gordon noted the survey results are an early part of the group’s efforts. Those findings will be provided and built upon to develop policy proposals that will address identified needs.

“This report is a great place to start reimagining education because it is constructive feedback, not an indictment of our schools. It’s always good to take an honest look at our performance and I’m deeply appreciative of the number of Wyomingites that are engaged in this effort,” Gov. Gordon said. “This is a chance for us to gather information and identify opportunities about how and where we can improve.”

Complete results of the survey, along with information on upcoming listening sessions, can be found at ride.wyo.gov. So far, listening sessions are scheduled throughout June and July in Afton, Rock Springs, Powell, Riverton, Gillette, Casper and Cheyenne. There are plans for virtual listening session in July but registration has not opened for that as of press deadline.

“I encourage anyone who has taken the time to make their thoughts known to continue their involvement through the community listening session,” Gov. Gordon said. “And for those who have not, this is an opportunity for you to now get involved.”

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