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W.Va. Seeks Waivers of Federal Requirement

August 26, 2009

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A scoring error by CTB McGraw Hill has prompted the West Virginia Department of Education to seek a waiver of one requirement under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
Federal guidelines call for Local Education Authorities (LEAs) that receive Title I, Part A funds to notify parents at least 14 days before the start of school if their child’s school must offer school choice.
The West Virginia Department of Education is seeking a one-year waiver of the rule because of a problem with a single writing assessment prompt in grades 6 and 11 on the WESTEST2, West Virginia’s statewide assessment.  CTB McGraw notified the department earlier this month that it is working to correct the error.
WESTEST2 results are used to determine if schools made Adequate Yearly Progress under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
For more information, contact Jan Stanley, state Title I director, at (304) 558-7805, or the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.

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