CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education is taking steps to adopt the Next Generation of State Standards for West Virginia schools. On Wednesday, the board voted unanimously to place the updated curriculum on comment for 30 days.
Katie Hayes, a teacher at Oak Hill High School in Fayette County, served on a team of nearly 100 teachers who worked on the Next Generation Standards for several months.
“As teachers, we all want perfect students and we have very high expectations,” Hayes said. “The new standards are setting the bar even higher for students and teachers. I know the first few years as the new standards are implemented will be challenging but results will be phenomenal. I don’t want teachers to get scared. The standards take what and how we teach right now and make it better.”
The Next Generation Standards are a more concise and focused version of West Virginia’s current Content Standards and Objectives (CSOs). Teachers from across the state developed the new standards for math and English language arts.
“The Next Generation Standards represent the next logical step in the progression of the statewide movement to 21st century learning,” said state Superintendent Jorea Marple. “It is imperative that our schools move beyond test-prep instruction to fostering the leaders of tomorrow. The Next Generation Standards allow us to improve upon our already high standards and allow West Virginia to be a leader in setting the direction for our nation's future education reforms."
The Next Generation Standards are designed to focus on fewer concepts while stressing deeper learning and understanding. The new standards will be used to concentrate instruction on developing key strategies and skills that are necessary for student success in the workplace and in college.
“There are very specific areas of study that need to be covered, but it is done in such a way that it supports creativity,” said state Board of Education President Priscilla Haden. “I truly believe the Next Generation Standards will produce students who are better prepared for college and careers.”
Educators, parents and community members are encouraged to review the policies and make suggestions. The policies can be viewed and comments can be submitted by logging onto the West Virginia Department of Education website at http://wvde.state.wv.us/policies.
For more information, contact the Office of Communications at 304-558-2699.
--The West Virginia Board of Education and the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) are committed to ensuring all students in the state are college and career ready when they graduate from a public school. What West Virginia students are learning in school exceeds national and international standards. Through the WVDE’s 21st century learning plan called “Global21: Students deserve it. The world demands it.,” West Virginia is seeing better student performance on the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST2); the SAT and the ACT college entrance exams; the job skills assessment called Work Keys given to career and technical education students; and in a high school graduation rate that exceeds the national average.
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