W.Va. Board of Education Seeks Public Comment Educator Evaluation System

June 14, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education is seeking public comment on an updated educator evaluation system designed to improve professional practice.

Board members on Thursday voted to place the proposed policy on public comment for 30 days. The proposed Implementation Guidelines for Comprehensive System of Support for Improving Professional Practice incorporates legislation adopted earlier this year. The state law requires the state board to publish guidelines on the design and implementation of the educator evaluation system by July 1.

The revised educator evaluation system was piloted during the 2011-2012 school year in 25 West Virginia schools in 13 counties:  Berkeley, Doddridge, Hampshire, Hardy, Kanawha, Lincoln, Marion, McDowell, Ohio, Pendleton, Roane, Webster and Wood.

The revised system focuses on professional growth for teachers, counselors and those who lead them by emphasizing support, guidance and constructive feedback necessary to improve professional practice.  The system also features student growth as educators create goals and measure progress toward achieving them. 

Educators, parents and community members are encouraged to review the proposed changes and make suggestions. The policy can be viewed on the West Virginia Department of Education website at http://wvde.state.wv.us/policies or by clicking this link.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.


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