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Implementation of Next Generation Content Standards Advance

June 14, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Board of Education is taking additional steps to implement the West Virginia Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives which add rigor to the curriculum.

The state board first adopted the West Virginia Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives in 2010 in English/language arts and math as a part of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Initiative, which establishes consistent and clear education standards. West Virginia educators were part of the original development of the CCSS.

Once adopted in the state, teachers compared the current standards, identified the differences with the CCSS, and made revisions based on West Virginia's framework.

On Thursday, the board voted to seek public comment on proposed updates to Policy 2520.1, 21st Century Reading and English Language Arts Content Standards and Objectives for West Virginia Schools to remove outdated second grade standards. The board also voted to update Policy 2520.2, 21st Century Mathematics Content Standards and Objectives for West Virginia Schools. The phase-in period is to end in 2014 with grades 3 through 12. Both policies will be on public comment for 30 days.

"We believe that the West Virginia Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives are clear and straightforward," said state Board of Education Vice President Gayle Manchin. "These standards were developed by West Virginia teachers. The standards will equip students with the necessary skills to compete with their peers from across the globe."

The Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives are designed to focus on fewer concepts while stressing deeper learning and understanding. The new standards and assessments will be used to concentrate instruction on developing key strategies and skills that are necessary for student success in the workplace and in college. The standards, which have now been adopted by more than 45 states and the District of Columbia, were developed through a state-led initiative spearheaded by governors and school chiefs.

"The Next Generation Standards will help educators better prepare students for college and career success," said state Superintendent Jim Phares. "These standards establish what West Virginia students need to learn, but do not tell teachers how to teach. Teachers will continue to create lessons and design instruction to best engage students in their classrooms."

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

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