Keeping Young Minds Growing and Test Scores Soaring; 2017 Performance Ratings

Wyoming Department of Education's 2017 school performance ratings came out earlier this week showing some schools in the area improved from last year.

The 2017 school performance ratings critique academic performance by using student test scores.

A majority of schools are meeting expectations and some are exceeding expectations.

One is, Glenrock Middle School, however staff with the district told News 13 math gave their students trouble.

Coley Shadrick commented, “Not as good as we wanted it to be and it really held us back that’s not to say reading was really high so that’s why we brought in consultants and looked at bock content areas."

Shadrick was the previous Glenrock Middle School principle, now superintendent for Converse County School District #2.

He said through hired specialist, coaching teachers, the students were able to bring up their reading and math scores.

"With the efforts through consultants and content area specialists and coaching and just looking at the data those are the things I would contribute to us meeting those levels."

Both Glenrock Middle School and High School improved from the previous year.

Faculty felt it was a collaboration of efforts between teachers and students.

Ryan Collier stated, “We're all helping each other out. Cross curricular so that when our kids go to perform on tests or whatever it is in life later on they seem to have a general base across the subjects.”

Thinking out loud in ways that encourage kids to grow academically is a method used by Collier to sprout young minds.

"There is a lot of critical thinking skills strategies to try get eh kids thinking out side of the box trying to get them to think about things in a different way and to explore new ways learn old subjects."

According to a spokeswomen with the Natrona County School District, six schools in Natrona County moved from not meeting expectations to meeting expectations last year school year.

Only three NCSD schools did not meet expectations.

Officials said those schools will continue to receive both state and federal support.