A new accountability system to track the state’s public schools, school districts and teachers will be the topic of discussion at a two-day legislative meeting in Newcastle starting Tuesday.

The Wyoming Legislature’s Select Committee on Statewide Education Accountability will hear updates on the new accountability system from representatives of Wyoming’s Department of Education, State Board of Education and the National Center for Improvement of Educational Assessment. An act of the 2011 Legislature mandated the accountability efforts, which are aimed at increasing student growth, minimizing achievement gaps and ensuring all students leave Wyoming schools career or college ready.

The committee will also hear an update on the state’s most recent standardized testing results and an update from the Department of Education’s newly appointed director, Rich Crandall, regarding the transfer of duties from the elected Superintendent of Public Instruction, Cindy Hill, to a new, governor-appointed position. The transfer of duties began after the Wyoming Legislature rewrote the superintendent’s job description as part of Senate File 104, which passed the Legislature and was signed into law by Gov. Matt Mead earlier this year.

The committee’s first day of meetings begins at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Crouch Auditorium at the Newcastle Middle/High School Complex. A second round of meetings begins at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in the same location.

Reach county reporter Leah Todd at 307-266-0592 or leah.todd@trib.com. Follow her on Twitter @leahktodd.

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