West Virginia has received approval from the U.S. Department of Education to launch a new student achievement and school accountability system. The West Virginia Board of Education had sought permission to free West Virginia public schools from certain federal rules and deadlines to focus on improving learning and instruction. Those rules fell under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as the No Child Left Behind Act. The waivers allow West Virginia to use its own accountability system to more effectively identify struggling schools and to efficiently direct resources to struggling schools.
- Accountability measures and annual targets developed through a USDE mandated process
- Unintended negative consequences...goal became to avoid consequences
- System like an "On/Off" AYP switch
- Designation and consequences were based on how long the school was "not making AYP"
- Schools received no credit for moving students from below mastery to partial mastery
- Accountability measures and annual target process different for each state — places ownership at the state, regional, district and school level
- Goal is transparent and for accountability system that fosters increased student learning
- Schools will be making annual progress on multiple measures
- Now 5 categories of designation which acknowledges progress at the school and subgroup level
- Schools will be recognized for achievement AND growth