W.Va. Board Approves Policy Revisions

April 15, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Board of Education has approved revisions to several state policies and set the WESTEST2 testing period.

Board members at their April meeting approved updates to Policy 5314.01, Autism Mentor, which establishes standards for the autism mentor classification under state code. Revisions provide direction regarding the autism mentor classification and specify procedures and criteria for an aide to meet the standards and qualifications of an autism mentor and designate the local education agency or the West Virginia Department of Education responsible for verifying whether the standards have been met.

In addition, the board set the 2012-2013 WESTEST2 Testing Window for May 6 to 24, 2013. Due to the change in legislation as per House Bill 4040, counties may require a revised testing window to avoid conflict with variable school ending dates. Schools must test within 10 consecutive days and it is expected that a county will opt for the latest testing window permitted by their school calendar.

The board also voted to reapprove Initial Teacher Preparation Licensure Programs at Alderson Broaddus College, Concord University, Davis and Elkins College, Glenville State College, and West Virginia Wesleyan College. The programs have been aligned to the West Virginia Professional Teaching Standards (WVPTS) and International Society for Technology (ISTE) in Education Standards. Twenty institutions of higher education with state-approved teacher preparation programs completed a self-study and realigned initial teacher preparation programs to the WVPTS and ISTE standards as specified in board Policy 5100. Peer review teams have recommended to the Educator Preparation Program Review Board that the programs be recommended for reapproval.

Board members also adopted changes to Policy 4336, West Virginia School Bus Transportation Policy and Procedures Manual to incorporate the intent of state law, which establishes a School Bus Operator Review Panel. The panel is to make recommendations to the superintendent on the suspension of, denial for cause, revocation or imposition of conditions on a school bus operator’s certificate. Other changes were made to reflect policy and statutory changes.

Also approved were updates to Policy 5301, College Hours or Comparable Training in a Trade or Vocational School to reflect current requirements.

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

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