W.Va. Board Approves Policy Revisions, Seeks Public Comment on Other Changes

Posted: January 12, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Board of Education has approved two policy updates, voted to place two other proposed policy change on public comment for 30 days and repealed another.

Board members at their January meeting approved revisions to Policy 5100, Approval of Educational Personnel Preparation Programs and to Policy 5202, Minimum Requirements for the Licensure of Professional/Paraprofessional Personnel and Advance Salary Classifications.

Policy 5100 revisions clarify the requirements for adding a new specialization to a professional certificate. The changes call for a supervised performance assessment to be a part of all programs inclusive of endorsements that are not initial licensure programs. The revision also incorporates elementary mathematics specialist standards and updates the Praxis assessment table.

Approved updates to Policy 5202 require that a supervised performance assessment be a part of the process of adding a new specialization to a professional certificate.  Changes also incorporate an elementary mathematics endorsement and an elementary mathematics specialist endorsement. The policy also expands the renewal requirements for the chief business official authorization to include professional development approved by the West Virginia Department of Education and makes other minor changes.

Meanwhile, board members voted to place on 30-day public comment proposed updates to Policy 2460, Educational Purpose and Acceptable Use of Electronic Resources, Technologies and the Internet and Policy 2520.4, Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives (CSOs) for Social Studies in West Virginia Schools.

Policy 2460 updates incorporate changes in federal E-rate and Federal Communications Commission guidelines. The updates also align board policy with state law addressing threatening communications by computer, cell phones and other electronic devices. Revisions to Policy 2520.4 update social studies CSOs to align with national standards and assessments and incorporate latest research and best practices.

Board members also repealed Policy 2422.4, AIDS Education Policy to eliminate redundancies. The policy’s content and guidelines were incorporated into a new health education standards policy approved in December.

Educators, parents and community members are encouraged to review the proposed changes and make suggestions. The policies can be viewed on 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.

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