During the Legislative Session, Senate Bill 359 amended §18-2E-5 and allowed the West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) to adopt a policy to define how schools are held accountable and how school systems are accredited.
During his State of the State Address, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin charged the WVBE with adopting a policy that would assign an A through F grade to public schools.
In May, the WVBE approved Policy 2320, A Process for Improving Education: Performance Based Accreditation System which created a new straightforward grading system for all West Virginia public schools that communicates student achievement progress to parents, students and schools.
The U.S. Department of Education reauthorized the No Child Left Behind Act of 2002. The reauthorization – known as the Every Student Succeeds Act – requires states to implement an accountability system that is state-determined and based on multiple measures.
In June, the WVBE adopted an amended accountability policy, solidifying metrics to be utilized in the existing accountability system. The current policy can be found here: Policy 2320, A Process for Improving Education: Performance Based Accreditation System.