CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) has created a Consortium for Closing the Achievement Gap in its continuing effort to assure West Virginia students have the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in today’s global economy.
The consortium, which includes up to 30 members appointed by the state superintendent of schools, conducted its first meeting on Nov. 28 at the Charleston Marriott. Members include community representatives, parents, teachers, students and WVDE staff.
“West Virginia is committed to helping all students – African Americans, white, economically disadvantaged, non-English speaking, disabled and gifted – learn and succeed in the fiercely competitive world of the 21st century,” said state Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine. “This consortium will help us tackle the issues facing high need students and their specific need as we help them become productive 21st century citizens.”
The consortium was created following a task force report, Strategic Plan to Improve Results for Students in High Need Populations, recommended its creation. The report included 17 priority recommendations to help those students whose progress is challenged by disabilities, impoverished environments and insufficient expectations to move to mastery and beyond.
The consortium is intended to react to issues regarding student achievement and advise the WVDE on issues, concerns and recommended changes as well as support the implementation of initiatives and programs to improve results for the targeted populations.
The initial meeting will be followed by four others in 2008. For more information, contact Lynn Boyer, executive director of the Office of Special Programs, Extended and Early Learning at (304)558-2696 or the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.