CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Board of Education has approved updates to state policy governing acceptable use of the Internet by students and educators.
Board members at their March meeting approved revisions to Policy 2460 to 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. The revision also aligns the policy with state code and state Content Standards and Objectives (CSO) for technology.
Board members also repealed Policy 2470, Use of Technology by Students and Educators, and Policy 5711, Copyrighted Protected Computer Software, Print and Non-Print Media. Provisions of both policies were incorporated into the new 2460 policy.
The state board also approved revisions to Policy 2520.4, Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives for Social Studies in West Virginia Schools. Revisions to Policy 2520.4 update social studies CSOs to align with national standards and assessments and incorporate latest research and best practices.
Also Wednesday, state board members placed on public comment for 30 days revisions to Policy 2520.1, 21st Century Reading and English Language Arts Content Standards and Objectives to West Virginia Schools. The changes remove current standards to allow for implementation of Next Generation Standards as part of the Common Core State Standards initiative http://wvde.state.wv.us/next-generation/
Also placed on 30-day public comment is Policy 2520.2, 21st Century Mathematics Content Standards and Objectives to West Virginia Schools. The changes remove current standards to allow for implementation of Next Generation Standards as part of the Common Core State Standards initiative.
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.