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What Do Wyoming High School Grads Need To Succeed?

Wyoming State Board of Education

The Wyoming State Board of Education (SBE) is seeking statewide input regarding high school graduation standards. The new initiative is called "Profile of a Graduate."

Participants are asked to share their ideas about the knowledge, skills, and attributes Wyoming students should have when they graduate from high school.

State Board of Education Chair Ryan Fuhrman said he hopes the listening sessions draw diverse voices from beyond the education community because all Wyoming residents have a stake in the success of Wyoming students.

"We are taking a pause to listen," said Fuhrman, "to ensure that all of the work we do is pointing to the goal that the state and its citizens have for its K-12 system."

Fuhrman explained that after adding computer science to the k-12 education program, the SBE wanted to pause and consider what else the state and its citizens wanted for Wyoming high school graduates.

The board is hosting several "Profile of a Graduate" listening sessions in May for the general public. Additionally, anyone is welcome to work with the SBE to host an event for your school district or community. The state board hopes to draft and present its finding this fall.

Tennessee -- despite what the name might make you think -- was born and raised in the Northeast. She most recently called Vermont home. For the last 15 years she's been making radio -- as a youth radio educator, documentary producer, and now reporter. Her work has aired on Reveal, The Heart, LatinoUSA, Across Women's Lives from PRI, and American RadioWorks. One of her ongoing creative projects is co-producing Wage/Working (a jukebox-based oral history project about workers and income inequality). When she's not reporting, Tennessee likes to go on exploratory running adventures with her mutt Murray.
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