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Board of Education Updates English, Math Standards

July 15, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education on Wednesday revised state policy to strengthen English/language arts and math standards.
 
State policy 2520 defines what courses should contain for all programs of study. In May, the board put on public comment updates to Policy 2520.1, 21st Century Reading and English Language Arts Content Standards and Objectives and Policy 2520.1A, Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives for English Language Arts in West Virginia Schools.
 
Changes to Policy 2520.1 resulted in the removal of kindergarten standards and objectives. Policy 2520.1A revised English/language arts standards for all grade levels.
 
Updates to Policy 2520.2, 21st Century Mathematics Content Standards and Objectives for West Virginia Schools also resulted in the removal of the kindergarten standards and objectives. Policy 2520.2B updated math standards for all grade levels.
 
The Next Generation Standards are a more concise and focused version of West Virginia’s current Content Standards and Objectives. 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. 
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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