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State Policies in Wyoming  

Wyoming does not have a state policy on acceleration. Local education agencies (LEAs) determine whether and to what extent acceleration is permitted.

Grade-based Acceleration

Early entrance to kindergarten

No state policy; up to LEA to determine whether early entrance to kindergarten is permitted. In general, students must be 5 by September 1 of the school year they wish to enroll (Wyoming State Statutes 21-4-302).

Early entrance to 1st grade

Wyoming State Statutes 21-4-302 outlines the minimum age required for entrance to first grade: "A pupil may register in the first grade in the public schools of this state in the year in which his sixth birthday falls on or before September 15."

Whole-grade accelerationWyoming gifted law is general and calls for programming for gifted students. School districts may or may not provide services.
Early high school graduationAppendix F: Summary of Statutory Authority Regarding Graduation Requirements in the Wyoming Assessment Handbook explains state requirements for and local authority over high school graduation.
Early entrance to collegeIf you know where to find this information, please e-mail us.

Content-based Acceleration

Dual or concurrent enrollment in community college, college, or university

State policy leaves LEA to determine whether dual enrollment in high school and college is permitted.

Middle school students permitted dual or concurrent enrollment in high school

State policy leaves LEA to determine.
Advanced Placement®State policy permits.
Talent Search

There is no in-state Talent Search for Wyoming, but gifted students in WY can participate in regional and national talent searches, including those offered by the University of Iowa Belin-Blank Center and the Center for Bright Kids Western Academic Talent Search (WATS).

Credit by examination/proficiency-based promotion

No state policy; up to LEA to determine whether proficiency-based promotion is permitted.
Other forms of content-based acceleration

Typically left to LEAs to determine. If you know of state-level code, please e-mail us.

Additional Information

Wyoming Department of Education
State gifted association:
Wyoming Association for Gifted Education
Jeanne Spawn, President
c/o Natrona County School District 539 Payne Avenue Casper, WY 82609
jeanne_spawn@ncsd.k12.wy.us

The information presented on this page was compiled from a variety of resources, including the State of the States in Gifted Education 2012-2013 (a report by the Council of State Directors of Programs for the Gifted and the National Association for Gifted Children), Websites, professional literature, and personal communication. The Acceleration Institute has not verified the accuracy of this information and does not warrant its accuracy or fitness of use for any purpose. Users should verify information prior to taking any action. Furthermore, the appearance of selected programs and/or resources does not imply an endorsement or affiliation. Programs and resources are highlighted for informational purposes only.