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West Virginia Curriculum Aligns with 21st Century Skills

June 13, 2006

Charleston, W.Va. The West Virginia Board of Education is updating its Content Standards and Objectives to align core subject curriculum with 21st century skills. The policies have been placed on public comment for 60 days beginning on July 5, 2006.  

The WVBOE recognizes that technology tools integrated into classroom instruction enable students to access, manage, integrate and evaluate information across content areas, construct new knowledge and communication efficiently with others. As a result, Policy 2520.14, 21st Century Learning Skills and Technology Tools Standards for West Virginia Schools has been revised to establish standards for learning skills to enable students to acquire new content, knowledge and skills, connect new information to existing knowledge, learn new software programs and learn new ways of doing things using technology.  

Policy 2520.1, 21st Century Reading and English Language Arts Standards for West Virginia Schools; Policy 2520.2, 21st Century Mathematics Standards for West Virginia Schools; Policy 2520.3, 21st Century Science Standards for West Virginia Schools; and Policy 2520.4, 21st Century Social Studies Standards for West Virginia Schools have been revised to incorporate higher levels of critical thinking skills and problem solving skills, establish an improved alignment with national assessments (NAEP, ACT, and SAT), and to incorporate 21st century knowledge and skills that West Virginia students will need to be successful in the global marketplace of the 21st century.  

Policy 5310, Performance Evaluation of School Personnel was placed on public comment for 30 days to end July 10, 2006. Passage of House Bill 4406 amended W. Va. Code 18A-2-12 by removing the requirement to evaluate classroom teachers with at least five years of experience. Subsequent revisions to Policy 5310 are proposed and also reflect the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) High Objective Uniform State Standards of Evaluation (HOUSSE) option as it relates to Policy 5202, Minimum Requirements for the Licensure of Professional/Paraprofessional Personnel and Advanced Salary Classification.  

School administrators and parents are encouraged to review the documents and make suggestions on improving the policies. You can find the policies by logging onto http://wvde.state.wv.us/policies/.

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