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MINUTES

WEST VIRGINIA BOARD OF EDUCATION

Board Conference Room

Capitol Building 6, Room 353

1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East

Charleston, West Virginia

August 9, 2006

I.Call to Order

President Lowell E. Johnson called the meeting of the West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) to order at 12:35 p.m. on August 9, 2006, in the Board Conference Room, Capitol Building 6, Room 353, 1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East, Charleston, West Virginia.

The following members were present:  President Johnson, Vice President Delores W. Cook, Secretary Priscilla M. Haden, Robert W. Dunlevy, Barbara N. Fish, Sheila M. Hamilton, Jenny N. Phillips and Ronald B. Spencer, and ex officio Steven L. Paine, State Superintendent of Schools.  Members absent were Burma Hatfield and ex officios Brian E. Noland, Chancellor,  West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, and James L. Skidmore, Chancellor, West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education.

II. Approval of Agenda

Upon motion by Ms. Phillips, seconded by Ms. Haden, the Board unanimously approved the agenda.

III. The 2006 Annual Report of the Office of Education Performance Audits

Dr. Kenna R. Seal, Director, Office of Education Performance Audits (OEPA), presented the 2006 OPEA annual report for the Board’s consideration.  The report is a compilation of accountability activities that synthesizes the activities of the OEPA as established by the West Virginia Legislature and the WVBE. 

Upon recommendation of Dr. Seal and a motion by Mr. Spencer, seconded by Mr. Dunlevy, the Board unanimously accepted the OEPA’s 2006 annual report.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment A.)

IV. Strategic Plan FY 2007

Dr. Seal presented the OEPA’s strategic plan for FY 2007 for the Board’s consideration.  The plan outlines the goals, objectives, and activities of the OEPA as established by the West Virginia Legislature and the WVBE.

Upon recommendation of Dr. Seal and a motion by Ms. Haden, seconded by Ms. Phillips, the Board unanimously approved the OEPA’s strategic plan for FY 2007.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment B.)

V. Recommendations for Professional Development Based on

Education Performance Audits and Annual Performance Measures

Dr. Seal presented the Recommendations for Professional Development Based on Education Performance Audits and Annual Performance Measures for the Board’s consideration.  W. Va. Code §18-2-23a requires the WVBE to establish goals for professional development in the public schools of the state.  An analysis of annual performance data and Education Performance Audits was presented to the WVBE to consider in establishing professional development goals.

Upon recommendation of Dr. Seal and a motion by Ms. Hamilton, seconded by Mrs. Fish, the Board unanimously accepted the Recommendations for Professional Development Based on Education Performance Audits and Annual Performance Measures.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment C.)

VI. Policy 5310, Performance Evaluation of School Personnel

Mr. David Perine, Executive Director, Office of Human Resources, Superintendent’s Office, presented Policy 5310 for the Board’s consideration.  Following discussion, Mrs. Fish indicated that she would request that Policy 5310 be removed from the August 10 Consent Agenda for further discussion and action at the August 10, 2006 meeting.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes of August 10, 2006 at Attachment F.)

VII. Alternate Performance Task Assessment (APTA)

Cut Score Recommendations

Dr. Jan Barth, Executive Director, Office of Student Assessment Services, Division of Curriculum and Instructional Services, presented the Alternate Performance Task Assessment (APTA) cut score recommendations for the Board’s consideration.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes of August 10, 2006 at Attachment D.)

VIII. Continuing Approval of WVBE-Approved Programs

at Nineteen Institutions of Higher Education

Dr. Karen Huffman, Executive Director, and Dr. Serena Starcher, Coordinator, Office of Professional Preparation, Division of Student Support Services, presented WVBE-approved programs at nineteen institutions of higher education for the Board’s consideration. Following discussion, it was the consensus of the Board that this item be removed from the August 10 Consent Agenda for further discussion and action at the August 10, 2006 meeting.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes of August 10, 2006 at Attachment G.)

IX. Break

President Johnson called for a break at 1:45 p.m.

X. Call to Order

President Johnson called the meeting back to order at 2:00 p.m.

XI. West Virginia’s Preliminary Highly Qualified Teacher Plan

Dr. Huffman and Mr. Nathan Estel, Assistant Director, Office of Professional Preparation, Division of Student Support Services, presented the preliminary Highly Qualified Teacher Plan for the Board’s information.  Because no state met the 100% highly qualified teacher (HQT) requirement, the U.S. Department of Education required each state to develop a plan describing the strategies that will be used to meet this requirement.  In addition to describing state strategies to meet the federal goal of 100% HQT, the state plan also must explain how it will work to discontinue its use of the High, Objective, Uniform State Standard of Evaluation (HOUSSE) option as a method for teachers to demonstrate subject competency.  West Virginia’s plan reflects the use of professional development in lieu of HOUSSE, as well as a number of other strategies to assure that every student will be taught by a highly qualified teacher.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment D.)

XII. Teacher Mentorship Study Group/Update on Teacher Mentoring

Dr. Huffman and Mr. Estel provided a summary of teacher mentoring changes and proposed pilot programs for the Board’s information.  Based on a recommendation from the West Virginia Commission for Professional Teaching Standards, the WVBE recommended at its September 2005 meeting that a study to be conducted to examine the issues that impact the effectiveness of the beginning Educator Internship Program.  A Mentorship Study Group was formed and held meetings to review some of the issues that impact the effectiveness of the beginning teacher internship program.  As a result of the group’s work, several changes have been made to the mentor program.  Additionally, the Benedum Foundation provided the WVDE with a grant to pilot mentor concepts identified by the study group as best practice.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment E.)  

XIII. West Virginia 21st Century Digital Resource

Ms. Lydia McCue (distributed information), Special Assistant to the Superintendent, and Ms. Sharon Flack, and Ms. Lisa Youell, CAG Liaisons, Office of Title II/School and School System Improvement, Division of Special Projects, Superintendent’s Center for 21st Century Schools, presented an update regarding the West Virginia 21st Century Digital Resource initiative.  Creating a statewide awareness of the rationale for and practices of 21st century schools is critical for success of the West Virginia 21st century partnership.  The Superintendent’s Center for 21st Century Schools, in cooperation with The EdVenture Group, has developed a digital professional development resource.  This resource may be used by counties to provide leadership training for school administrators or for principals to structure professional learning communities(Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment F.)  

XIV. Break

President Johnson called for a break at 3:25 p.m.

XV. Call to Order

President Johnson called the meeting back to order at 3:35 p.m.

XVI. Update of WVBE Strategic Plan

President Johnson distributed information, reviewed each proposed change and requested input.  Discussion ensued regarding each proposed change and a number of modifications were made to the plan.  The modified plan will be presented for Board action in September.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment G.)

XVII. Future Meetings

The next regular meeting of the Board will be held August 10, 2006 in Charleston, West Virginia.

XVIII. Adjournment

Upon motion by Ms. Haden, seconded by Ms. Phillips and unanimously carried, the meeting adjourned at 4:34 p.m.

 

 

Minutes approved by the Board on September 14, 2006.

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Lowell E. Johnson, President

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Priscilla M. Haden, Secretary

Minutes were recorded by

Virginia M. Harris

 Executive Secretary to

the Board.

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