WEST VIRGINIA BOARD OF EDUCATION
Office of Education Performance Audits
Riverside High School
Belle (Kanawha County), West Virginia
December 9, 1999
President Cleo P. Mathews called the meeting of the West Virginia Board of Education with the Office of Education Performance Audits to order at 8:47 a..m. on December 9, 1999 in the Auditorium at Riverside High School, 1 Warrior Way, Belle, West Virginia. Members present were Secretary J. D. Morris, Sandra M. Chapman, Sheila M. Hamilton, James J. MacCallum, Jim L. McKnight, and Ronald B. Spencer.
Upon motion by Jim L. McKnight, second by James J. MacCallum, the Board approved the minutes of the November 4, 1999 meeting as submitted. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment A.)
Upon motion by J. D. Morris, second by James J. MacCallum, the Board approved the agenda with the addition of "A Process for Improving Education: Performance Based Accreditation System, School District Approval Status/School Accreditation Status - Report of Ratings" (preliminary report). The report is to follow Personnel.
Teams have visited Lincoln, Brooke, Wirt, Lewis, Wayne, Pendleton and Raleigh Counties and is currently in Wyoming County this week.
V. Mentor Teacher Concern
The Board expressed concern and asked for recommended suggestions regarding beginning teachers fully participating in mentor teacher training programs.
County boards are required to ensure that any school issued temporary accreditation status revise its Unified School Improvement Plan to increase the performance of the school to a full accreditation status level. The revised plan must include objectives, a time line, an evaluation component, cost estimates, and a date certain for achieving full accreditation. This plan must be submitted to the State Board for approval. Two (2) schools performing within the temporary accreditation status submitted revised Unified School Improvement Plans to the Office of Education Performance Audits. Staff reviewed the plans to determine that the required elements were included, addressed the performance deficiencies, and the date certain was realistic for achieving full accreditation status.
Attachment B summarizes the elements of individual Unified School Improvement Plans that were reviewed.
Upon motion by James J. MacCallum, second by Ronald B. Spencer, the Board approved, with stipulations,the two (2) Unified School Improvement Plans. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment B.)
The Office of Education Performance Audits piloted Early Detection and Intervention Projects. The purpose of the Early Detection and Intervention Projects is to assist underachieving schools and school systems in improving performance before conditions become so grave as to warrant more substantive state intervention. Schools participating in the pilot programs are Barnes Elementary School (Marion County) and Mount View High School (McDowell County).
Attachment C presents a Project Update on each of the Early Detection and Intervention Projects.
Upon motion by Sandra M. Chapman, second by James J. MacCallum, the Board approved the employment of a secretary II for the Office of Education Performance Audits. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment D.)
West Virginia Code 18-2E-5, Process for Improving Education, requires that the West Virginia Board of Education annually review the performance of each school and issue an accreditation status to each school and an approval level to each school district. Education performance audit teams conduct unannounced on-site reviews of school districts and schools to assist in the determination of the approval status of school districts and the accreditation status of schools.
The purpose of this summary is to report the measure of student, school, and school system performance according to the standards established by the West Virginia Board of Education and mandated by the West Virginia Code. The summary identifies the preliminary approval status of school districts and the accreditation status of the schools. This report will be brought before the Board in final form at the January 2000 meeting. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment E.)
The next regular meeting of the West Virginia Board of Education, Office of Education Performance Audits will be held on January 13, 2000, in the Board Conference Room, Capitol Building 6, Room 353, 1900 Kanawha Boulevard East, Charleston, West Virginia.
Upon motion by James J. MacCallum, second by Sheila M. Hamilton, the Board adjourned at approximately 9:17 a.m.
Minutes approved by the Board on January 13, 2000.
Cleo P. Mathews, President