Enhance Collaboration Between Education and Workforce Development

Enhance strategic planning and collaboration between West Virginia's education, work force and economic development leaders.

Estimated cost savings
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Policy change(s) required
No.
Actions already underway
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WVBOE response
The WVBOE agrees with this recommendation and notes that the first five recommendations in this theme require a collaborative effort among public and higher education, work force development and economic development. The WVBOE recommends establishing a coordinating body including the WVDE, the HEPC, CTCs, Legislature, businesses, and the governor, such as the former Governor's 21st Century Jobs Cabinet, to address pressing educational and work force needs of the state and align career preparedness into the standard curriculum.

Review all state education, work force and economic development strategies and goals to determine possible areas of coordination and collaboration.

Estimated cost savings
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Policy change(s) required
No.
Actions already underway
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WVBOE response
The WVBOE agrees with this recommendation and calls for the coordination of strategic plans to include areas for collaboration and common linkage, as a function of the coordinating body described above.

Develop an interagency education/work force/eco-development plan that clearly establishes roles for each agency built on the state's priorities.

Estimated cost savings
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Policy change(s) required
No.
Actions already underway
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WVBOE response
The WVBOE agrees with the recommendation and highlights the necessity for collaboration between the WVDE, the HEPC, CTCS, Legislature, business, and the governor is imperative. The 21st Century Jobs Cabinet of West Virginia set up by Governor Manchin was formerly the coordinating body, and the WVBOE is in favor of re-instating this or a similar body with clear roles for each agency built on the state's priorities.

Evaluate opportunities to pool education, work force and economic development funds towards common strategic goals.

Estimated cost savings
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Policy change(s) required
No.
Actions already underway
West Virginia has successfully blended funding streams to support initiatives such as Literacy West Virginia, Workforce West Virginia Career Centers, and satellite Workforce West Virginia Career Center facilities.
WVBOE response
The WVBOE agrees with this recommendation and calls for the state to expand joint-funding practices and blend resources to target common goals as identified by the coordinating body recommended above.

Delivery of Global21 technology training will require an investment in training and the latest technology equipment, which are not fiscally possible for 55 school districts to deliver. The Board stresses the need to pool resources and align beyond Earn a Degree, Graduate Early (EDGE).

The WVBE believes that incentivizing cooperative agreements between public school technical centers and two-year post-secondary technical programs could be advantageous to both entities. There are fiscal limitations to providing the high quality training and equipment necessary to operate separate career technical centers and two-year technical colleges.

Develop integrated performance measures in work force and education.

Estimated cost savings
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Policy change(s) required
No.
Actions already underway
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WVBOE response
The WVBOE agrees with this recommendation for the development of integrated performance measures in work force and education through the coordinating body recommended above.

Improve the use of job forecasting data to plan secondary and post-secondary programs.

Estimated cost savings
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Policy change(s) required
No.
Actions already underway
The WVDE received a Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation Grant to establish Strategic Compass, which allows all students to examine career areas of interest and connect to actual jobs in their area.
WVBOE response
The WVBOE agrees with this recommendation and calls for job-forecasting data from organizations as a factor in planning secondary and post-secondary programs.

Support different high school design approaches.

Estimated cost savings
N/A
Policy change(s) required
No.
Actions already underway
Three new CTE pathways were developed with the Manufacturers Association, West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association and the coal industry and are being implemented in
selected sites around the state.

Strategic Compass is being used for career exploration. College readiness courses for high schools in math and English 12 have been implemented. A stakeholder group is currently addressing WVBOE Policy 2510.

The former WVBOE High School Re-design Committee recommended several initiatives that are currently in place. Examples include GED Option Pathway implementation and expansion and the creation of the Office of Non-Traditional Pathways to expand options for students to achieve a West Virginia high school diploma.

Other recommendations of this former committee will be considered over the next few months, including
• proposed revisions to Policy 2510 to reflect alternate pathways to credit achievement and movement to competency-based achievement models;
• development of common definition for College, Career and Citizenship Readiness.
WVBOE response
The WVBOE agrees with the recommendation and calls for empowering districts to develop their own policies related to competency based awarding of credits. An example currently being implemented is the New Tech model in the Innovation Zone Drop Out Prevention Pilots in Putnam and Barbour counties. The competencies must be aligned with WVBOE standards.

Establish a School Innovations Fund to encourage the creation of new schools, especially in communities where they are needed most, and simplify current Innovation Zone legislation.

Estimated cost savings
N/A
Policy change(s) required
§18-5B has already been enacted.
Actions already underway
The school and district innovation fund was enacted by the West Virginia Legislature in the 2009 and 2012 sessions. Innovation Zone policy was revised in 2011-2012 to add drop out grants with additional funding and expanded time. The policy also was revised in 2012 to add school system collaborative Innovation Zones.

Policy 3236 has been revised to simplify the procedures of application.

The Board has encouraged schools to request waivers. In the 2011-2012 school year, 69 requests for waivers were requested and 68 were approved.
WVBOE response
The WVBOE supports the spirit of this recommendation and recommends modifying the current Innovation Zone policy to incorporate the intent of the School Innovations Fund, such as encouraging more options and customization for students in smaller schools with more supports for college and work force success.

The High Schools Innovation Fund initiative seeks to link education and economic development by supporting collaborative efforts among high schools, community colleges, four-year institutions and local businesses.

The Board also requests that the Legislature allow Innovation Zone funding to roll over to enable more longitudinal growth and increase the impact over the long term.

Better integrate career preparedness into the standard curriculum.

Estimated cost savings
N/A
Policy change(s) required
No.
Actions already underway
Common Core standards have embedded college and career readiness benchmarks beginning in kindergarten; modules have been created for each grade level. This will better inform students throughout their educational experience what opportunities are available to them. Summative Multi-state Assessment Resources for Teachers and Educational Researchers (SMARTER) Balanced Assessments will give college/career readiness scores.
WVBOE response
The WVBOE agrees with the recommendation and calls upon the WVDE to work with the aforementioned proposed coordinating body to develop a plan for the 2013-2014 school year addressing how to better integrate career preparedness into the standard curriculum. The WVBOE will work collaboratively to develop agreed upon definitions of college, career and citizenship ready with objective measures.

Expand cross-counseling efforts in high schools.

Estimated cost savings
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Policy change(s) required
No.
Actions already underway
N/A
WVBOE response
The WVBOE agrees with the recommendation and requests that the objective in SB 436 for the CTE/CTC Consortia to establish cross counseling be implemented.

Improve educational outcomes and reduce costs incurred when students must receive remedial education.

Estimated cost savings
The recommendations for enhanced collaboration will not produce direct savings. However, students will save time and tuition dollars.

Savings can be achieved by maximizing facilities, equipment, and resources of CTE and CTCs.
Policy change(s) required
No.
Actions already underway
CTCs are currently working with three institutions to pilot a developmental education program called Integrated Pathways to Adult Student Success (i-PASS) with a contextualized learning model, which teaches basic skills in the context of technical skills.
WVBOE response
The WVBOE believes that practically everything it does must be directed toward improving educational outcomes for our students, thus reducing the need for remediation at the post-secondary level. Implementation of the Common Core will set standards appropriately, but meeting those standards continues to be our challenge. Throughout the audit response the reader will discern all the various efforts being made to improving outcomes for our students.

The WVBOE also suggests review of available assessments and programs designed to determine the need for remedial education, such as the Educational Policy Improvement Center's (EPIC) course alignment project (CAP) created to ensure that exit level high school courses align in rigor with entry-level college courses. Also, colleges can give placement tests to determine whether students need remedial education.

Increase articulation agreements for EDGE program.

Estimated cost savings
N/A
Policy change(s) required
No.
Actions already underway
Eastern CTC and South Branch Technical Center are working together to offer an associate's degree in wind technology. Senate Bill (SB) 436 addresses some of the EDGE issues, but has no fiscal note attached.

The state EDGE coordinator has secured all EDGE agreements.
WVBOE response
The WVBOE agrees with the recommendation and directs the WVDE/CTE to negotiate universal system of articulation agreements for EDGE credits, aligning coursework and credits across all secondary schools, CTE centers and colleges in the state.

Maximize the use of facilities, equipment and resources that can be shared by CTE Center and CTCs.

Estimated cost savings
N/A
Policy change(s) required
No.
Actions already underway
The WVDE has completed a study of occupational data to determine educational and training needs at the secondary and postsecondary levels, which includes training gaps and duplication of training.
WVBOE response
The WVBOE agrees with the recommendation and directs the WVDE to work with Council for Community and Technical Education to establish a committee to determine a process and implementation strategy matching collective needs and assets, as well as to identify savings and statewide articulation agreements. The Board offers the suggestion that 2-year colleges locate on the campuses of multi-county career technical centers in order to pool resources and ensure alignment beyond EDGE.