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Wyoming public schools ranked 8th in the nation, Idaho is 47th

Education Week has ranked the Wyoming public school system eighth in the nation with a grade of B-. the 2016 grades are based on three factors including a student’s “chance for success”, K-12 achievement, and school finance.

State Superintendent Jilian Balow said, “the development of a responsive state accountability system with funding support has put Wyoming ahead of the curve, especially now with the transition into ESSA. Thanks to our legislators, congressional delegation, and community education leaders, we have a framework that allows us to create opportunities for students to keep Wyoming strong.”

According to the report, Wyoming received an A- in education spending and B+ in school financing. A student’s chance of success was rated a B-.

It was a different story in Idaho, where Education Week graded the Idaho school system a D+. Idaho received an F for school financing and spending. A student’s chance of success was graded as a C and K-12 student achievement a D+

(The report cards follow)


B- (80.2)

Chance for Success: B- (81.8)

Early foundations: A (93.4)
School years: C (76.0)
Adult outcomes: C+ (77.8)

K-12 Achievement: C- (71.2)

Status: D (66.4)
Change: D (65.3)
Equity: A- (89.7)

School Finance: B+ (87.7)

Equity: B (84.4)
Spending: A- (91.0)


D+ (67.9)

Chance for Success: C (75.5)

Early foundations: B (86.4)
School years: C- (70.4)
Adult outcomes: C- (71.0)

K-12 Achievement: D+ (69.2)

Status: D (63.2)
Change: D (65.2)
Equity: B+ (86.7)

School Finance: F (59.0)

Equity: C (76.3)
Spending: F (41.7)

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