AGENDA

WEST VIRGINIA BOARD OF EDUCATION

Capitol Building 6, Room 353

1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East

Charleston, West Virginia

April 13, 2017 - 9:00 a.m.

 

 

I.

Welcome - Pledge of Allegiance - Introductions - Call to Order

 

 

 

Thomas W. Campbell

 

 

 

 

II.

Recognition(s)

 

 

 

 

III.

Remarks from the Chairs of House and Senate Education - (Information/ Discussion)

This item will be taken up based on the availability invited guests.

 

 

 

Thomas W. Campbell

 

 

 

 

IV.

Delegation(s)

 

 

 

Delegations will be limited to addressing matters listed on the current agenda.

 

The West Virginia Board of Education is facing many significant decisions that will need to be made in a short period of time that will have lasting impact on the West Virginia education system. These are certainly challenges but also opportunities. Those opportunities include assessment, accountability and consolidation issues. The Board has six (6) members not yet confirmed by the West Virginia Senate. Numerous legislative bills are still under consideration by the Legislature and the outcome is unknown. The State Budget has not been settled and the final budget has the potential to have impact on the education system. Decisions on these opportunities will be best made by a well-informed Board, trained in process, with a historical perspective, and with the ability to receive and consider input from all stakeholders.

 

The current Board, pending confirmation, will have its full complement of nine (9) members for the first time in years. It is a talented group of individuals from various backgrounds and perspectives. It however is likely the most inexperienced Board in terms of Board service in decades. Due to numerous resignations over the last year or so, the Board has accumulated State Board experience of seven (7) years when under normal circumstances it would have 36 years of experience. We also have a new State Superintendent, who while experienced, has only been on the job a few days and mostly preoccupied with legislative matters.

 

In order to answer thoughtfully the many good questions of our new members and best prepare this Board to make good decisions timely, the Board agenda of April 12 and 13 will be dedicated to getting the West Virginia Board of Education up to speed on responsibilities defined by the W. Va. Constitution, law, policy, and precedent as well as understanding the financing of the West Virginia system of education.

 

We are conscious of time deadlines including those of FEMA as they apply to Nicholas and Kanawha counties. The State Superintendent is already working with and will continue to work with all state and federal authorities to make sure West Virginia receives maximum funding and that other deadlines are met in the areas of accountability and assessment.

 

Delegations will be limited to addressing matters listed on our current agenda to allow adequate time to receive the necessary information.

 

 

V.

Approval of Agenda - (Action)

 

 

 

 

VI.

Items for Future Meetings - (Information)

 

 

 

Thomas W. Campbell

 

 

 

 

VII.

Consent Agenda - (Action)

 

 

 

 

 

A.

Approval of Minutes - (Action)

Attachment A

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is recommended that the minutes of the March 8, 16, and 23, 2017, meetings of the WVBE be approved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

B.

Routine Business

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.

West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) Personnel Matters - (Information)

Attachment B

 

 

 

 

Steven L. Paine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.

Employment of Substitute Teachers in Areas of Critical Need and Shortage - (Action)

Attachment C

 

 

 

 

Mary Catherine Tuckwiller

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pursuant to W. Va. Code 18A-2-3, Cabell and Marion County Schools have submitted a policy for the WVBEs approval.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is recommended that the Employment of Substitute Teachers in Areas of Critical Need and Shortage policies for Cabell and Marion County Schools be approved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.

Employment of Substitute Teachers in Areas of Critical Need and Shortage Affidavits - (Information)

 

 

 

 

 

Mary Catherine Tuckwiller

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pursuant to W. Va. Code 18A-2-3(c)(2)(G), as of April 4, 2017, affidavits have been received and submitted to the Consolidated Public Retirement Board from Kanawha, Logan, Mercer, Mingo, McDowell, Raleigh, and Taylor County Schools.

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIII.

New Business

 

 

 

 

 

A.

Policy 2520.14, West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for Technology and Computer Science - (Action)

Attachment D-1

Attachment D-2

 

 

 

Clayton Burch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The repeal and replacement of Policy 2520.14, 21st Century Learning Skills and Technology Tools Content Standards and Objectives for West Virginia Schools with the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for Technology and Computer Science is recommended. This replacement allows for the update of the former 2008 policy. A new numbering system and the addition of grade band indicators will allow parents and teachers to guide and monitor progress since the standards are integrated across all grade levels. One specific elective middle school course and three elective high school courses were added to provide more offerings to students. Counties still have the ability to utilize Career and Technical Education courses and/or create their own additional computer science courses. During the 30 day comment period, 38 comments were received and reflected in the comment log. Policy 2520.14, West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for Technology and Computer Science provides a focus for teachers to teach and students to learn those skills and competencies essential for future success in the workplace and further education. Additionally it will allow students the option to utilize a computer science course for one of the required math and one of the required science courses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The WVDE recommends that Policy 2520.14 be approved effective July 1, 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motion(s) may be considered regarding Policy 2520.14.

 

 

 

 

 

 

B.

Policy 2419, Regulations for the Education of Students with Exceptionalities - (Action)

Attachment E

 

 

 

Clayton Burch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Policy 2419 establishes the regulations for compliance with the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004), and West Virginia Code, Chapter 18, Article 20 regarding provision of service to students with exceptionalities. The policy is formatted to include West Virginia Procedures Manual for the Education of Students with Exceptionalities. Policy 2419 is being revised to address state code requirements, IDEA, WVBE and WVDE initiatives. The policy was amended to reflect editorial changes and respond to commenters suggested additions. Policy 2419.11, Rules for Requesting an Exception to the Regulations for the Education of Students with Exception, has been incorporated into Policy 2419 and is recommended for repeal. The warranted revisions do not impact the intent of Policy 2419. The revision of Policy 2419 will support developing procedures to improve performance outcomes for students with exceptionalities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The WVDE recommends that Policy 2419, inclusive of the repeal of Policy 2419.11, be placed on public comment for a period of 60 days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motion(s) may be considered regarding Policy 2419.

 

 

 

 

 

 

C.

Policy 2417, Regulations and English Language Proficiency Standards for English Learners - (Action)

Attachment F

 

 

 

Michele Blatt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Policy 2417 has been revised to address changes required for the state to be compliant with federal legislation detailed in the reauthorization of ESEA under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Specifically, 126-15-2., provides an updated definition of English learner (EL) and details the common statewide exit criteria for reclassifying an EL. Additionally, 126-15-3., defines the obligation and timelines for local districts to notify parents and guardians regarding the identification of a student for EL services. This section further clarifies regulations associated with EL assessment, language instruction educational programs and related supports. Finally, language throughout the policy has been updated to reflect the federal shift from the use of the terms "Limited English Proficient" or "English Language Learner" to the term "English Learner". The changes detailed in Policy 2417 seek to clarify definitions and regulations that ultimately ensure that English Learners receive the appropriate services and language instruction educational supports. Moreover, the updated policy enables the state to maintain compliance with federal regulations as defined in the reauthorized ESEA under ESSA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The WVDE recommends that Policy 2417 be placed on public comment for a period of 30 days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motion(s) may be considered regarding Policy 2417.

 

 

 

 

 

 

D.

WVBE Personnel Matters Inclusive of West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind and Office of Education Performance Audits - (Action)

 

 

 

 

Thomas W. Campbell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[WVBE personnel matters may involve an Executive Session as provided in W. Va. Code 6-9A-4(b)(2)(A) [personnel exception] and/or 6-9A-4 [matters involving attorney‑client privilege per Peters v. County Commission, 205 W. Va. 481 (1999)]. The Board majority must vote to have an Executive Session. (No action will be taken in Executive Session.)]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is recommended and a motion is requested to approve WVBE personnel matters found in the attachment.

Attachment G

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motion(s) may be considered regarding West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind personnel matter(s).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motion(s) may be considered regarding Office of Education Performance Audits personnel matter(s).

 

 

 

 

 

 

E.

Litigation Update in Pending Civil Actions - (Action)

 

 

 

 

Thomas W. Campbell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[This matter will involve an Executive Session as provided in W. Va. Code 6-9A-4 [matters involving attorney‑client privilege per Peters v. County Commission, 205 W. Va. 481 (1999)]. The Board majority must vote to have an Executive Session. (No action will be taken in Executive Session.)]

 

 

 

 

 

 

F.

Legislative Update - (Information/Discussion/Action)

 

 

 

 

Steven L. Paine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motion(s) may be considered as a result of discussion of the legislative update.

 

 

 

 

 

IX.

Superintendent Report - (Information)

 

 

 

Finance/Budget Report - (Information)

 

 

 

 

 

Terry Harless and Amy Willard

 

 

 

Office of Diversion and Transition Programs - (Information)

 

 

 

 

 

Jacob Green

 

 

 

West Virginia Education Information System (WVEIS) - (Information)

 

 

 

 

 

Warren Patterson

 

 

 

 

X.

WVBE Member Updates - (Information)

 

 

 

 

 

XI.

Future Meetings - (Information)

 

 

 

Thomas W. Campbell

 

 

 

 

 

The next regular meeting of the WVBE will be held May 17, 2017, in Charleston, West Virginia. The meeting will continue on May 18, 2017, if the agenda is not completed on May 17, 2017.

 

 

 

 

XII.

Adjournment - (Action)