Measuring Up



Wyoming

Not scored

See a summary of the state’s charter law.

See additional observations about charters in the state.

What is the state of charter schools in Wyoming?

GROWTH INDICATORS

 

 

Score


1. Public school share
 (2014–15)

N/A

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

Number

Percentage

 

Public charter schools

4

1%

 

 


2. Public school student share
 (2014–15)

N/A

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

Number

Percentage

 

Public charter school students

459

0.5%

 

 

3. Students by race and ethnicity (2013–14)

N/A

weight = 2 | Possible total = 8

Charters

Traditional

Difference

White

63%

80%

-17%

Black

7%

1%

6%

Hispanic

16%

13%

3%

Asian

4%

1%

3%

Other

10%

5%

5%

Total minority

37%

20%

17%

 

4. Students in special populations (2013–14)

N/A

weight = 2 | Possible total = 8

Charters

Traditional

Difference

Free and reduced-price lunch status

47%

38%

9%

Special education status

N/A

N/A

N/A

English learner status

N/A

N/A

N/A

Total special student populations

47%

38%

9%

 

5. Schools by geographic distribution (2012–13)

N/A

weight = 2 | Possible total = 8

Charters

Traditional

Difference

City

25%

14%

11%

Suburb

0%

2%

-2%

Town

25%

33%

-8%

Rural

50%

51%

-1%

Total nonsuburban

100%

98%

2%

 

6. Communities with more than 10 percent of students in public charter schools (2014–15)

N/A

weight = 1 | Possible total = 4

 

 

 

Number of communities with more than 10 percent of students in public charter schools

0

   
 

7. New public charter schools opened over the past five years  (2010–15)

N/A

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

 

 

 

2010–11

0

Average Annual Open Rate

10.0%

2011–12

1

2012–13

1

2013–14

0

2014–15

0

Total number

2

 

 

 

8. Public charter schools closed over the past five years (2009–14)

N/A

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

 

 

 

2009–10

0

Average Annual Closure Rate

5.0%

2010–11

0

2011–12

1

2012–13

0

2013–14

0

Total number

0

 

 

 
 

INNOVATION INDICATORS

 

 

Score

9. Percentage of charter schools with an identified special focus (2012–13)

N/A

weight = 2 | Possible total = 8

 

 

 

No Excuses

0%

Total

33%

STEM

0%

Arts

0%

Classical

0%

Purposely diverse

0%

Single sex

0%

International/Foreign language

0%

Montessori/Waldorf

33%

Dropout/Expulsion recovery

0%

Military

0%

Vocational training

0%

Public policy/Citizenship

0%

 

QUALITY INDICATORS

 

 

Score

10. Additional days of learning in reading (2007–11)

N/A

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

 

 

 

Number of additional days of learning in reading

 

 

 

11. Additional days of learning in math (2007–11)

N/A

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

 

 

 

Number of additional days of learning in math

 

 

 

12. Percentage point change in top categories in state accountability system (2012–14)

N/A

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

 2012-13

2013-14

Difference

 

 

 

 

13. Percentage point change in bottom categories in state accountability system (2012–14)

N/A

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

 2012-13

2013-14

Difference

 

 

 

 

Items Reported But Not Scored

Startups versus conversions (2014–15)

 

Startups

Conversions

 

 

Percentage of a state’s public charter schools

100%

0%

 

 

 

Charter authorizers (2014–15)

 

Number of authorizers

Number of charter schools

Average number of charters per authorizer

Percentage of the state’s public charters authorized by this type of authorizer

Local education agency

2

4

2

100%

State education agency

Independent charter board

Noneducational government entity

Higher education institution

Nonprofit

 

Virtual public charter schools and students (2013–14)

Number of virtual public charter school students

0

 

 

Percentage of a state’s public charter school student population enrolled
in virtual charter schools

0%

 

 

Number of virtual public charter schools

0

 

 

Percentage of a state’s public charter schools that are virtual charter schools

0%

 

 

 

Health of the Movement Summary

Wyoming enacted its charter public school law in 1995. In our most recent rankings of state charter school laws, it ranked #38 out of 43, making it one of the weakest laws in the country. While the law does not cap charter school growth, it allows only local school district authorizers and provides little autonomy, insufficient accountability to charters, and inequitable funding to charters.

A state’s charter public school movement had to meet three conditions to be scored and ranked in this year’s report. First, the movement had to serve at least 2 percent of the state’s public school students. Second, the state had to participate in CREDO’s National Charter School Study 2013 so that we had a measure of student academic growth data for its charter public schools in comparison with its traditional public schools. Third, the state had to have a state accountability system in place that categorized all public schools on the basis of performance in 2012-13 and 2013-14. Wyoming’s movement did not meet at least one of these conditions, so we did not score and rank it in this year’s report.

However, below we provide the data we were able to gather. Based on this information, we offer the following observations:

  • In 2014-15, there were four charter public schools and 459 charter public school students in Wyoming, constituting 1 percent of the state’s public schools and .5 percent of the state’s public school students, respectively.
  • In 2013-14, charter public schools in Wyoming served higher percentages of racial and ethnic minority students (17 percentage points more) and free and reduced-price lunch students (9 percentage points more) than traditional public schools.
  • In 2012-13, 100 percent of the state’s public charters were located in nonsuburban areas as compared with 98 percent of traditional public schools.
  • Between 2010-11 and 2014-15, two new charter public schools opened in Wyoming, an average annual open rate of 10 percent.
  • Between 2009-10 and 2013-14, one charter public school closed in Wyoming, an average annual closure rate of 5 percent.
  • In 2012-13, 33 percent of the state’s charter public schools were special-focus schools.
  • In 2014-15, 100 percent of the state’s charter public schools were start-ups.
  • In 2014-15, only local school districts were allowed to authorize in the state. As of that year, two had done so.
  • As of 2013-14, zero full-time virtual charter public schools operated in Wyoming.