The task force included members of the business, post secondary education, superintendents, high school principals, teachers, teacher organizations, members of the West Virginia Board of Education, West Virginia Department of Education staff and parents.
The plan proposed to the State Board by the task force aims to improve high school curriculum, instruction school effectiveness and student, family and community support. As part of the plan, the group recommends redesigning the West Virginia high school experience by increasing learning opportunities for students. It further recommends improving “student transitioning” from middle grades to high school and from high school to post secondary education and or work. Other recommendations include supporting West Virginia student success with excellent teachers and principals and increasing the value of the West Virginia high school diploma.
The report also lists goals the task force set for high schools. The goals, which are based on the Framework for High Performing Schools, include students’ academic and technical performance equaling or exceeding national averages; providing students the opportunity to complete accelerated courses and graduate with college credit and/or workplace credentials; educating students with highly qualified personnel who effectively use research-based instructional strategies; and involving students’ families and communities to assure that all schools have strategies for providing support to address social, emotional and academic needs, among others.
A final, more in-depth report will be made available to the State Board during its August meeting in Charleston. The final report will provide specific details as to how the recommendations and goals can be achieved.