CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) placed several policies out on public comment during its monthly meeting in Charleston and wants to hear from students, parents, educators and others.
The board placed West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission (WVSSAC) - Series 2, Athletics, Provisions Governing Eligibility out on comment for thirty days. The West Virginia Legislature, during the 2013 regular session, amended West Virginia Code to require the WVSSAC to address concussions and head injuries in interscholastic athletes. The policy was approved under emergency status and effective immediately. Changes can be made based on feedback received during the comment period.
Policy 4350 - Procedures for the Collection, Maintenance and Disclosure of Student Data was also placed on public comment for 30 days. Policy 4350 is being amended to incorporate a change in the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) allowing caseworkers access to student records without parental consent if a student is in child welfare agency’s legal custody.
The proposed changes to WVBE Policy 2340- West Virginia Measures for Academic Progress Program reflect the name and numbering changes based on the federally-approved Elementary and Secondary Education Act Flexibility Waiver, the inclusion of the COMPASS assessment, and a transition to online assessment. The policy is out on public comment for 30 days.
Meanwhile the board approved two policies directly related to the Common Core State Standards. West Virginia’s framework is called the Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives (CSOs).
Updates to Policy 2520.1- 21st Century Reading and English Language Arts Content Standards and Objectives for West Virginia Schools were approved. Changes include the removal of the second grade section of Policy 2520.1 to allow for implementation of the Next Generation CSOs in reading and English language arts in second grade.
Policy 2520.2- 21st Century Mathematics Content Standards and Objectives for West Virginia Schools was also updated and approved. Changes include the removal of the second grade section of Policy 2520.2 to allow for implementation of the Next Generation CSOs in mathematics in second grade.
Policy 5310 - Performance Evaluation of School Personnel was also approved. The new educator evaluation system promotes professional growth and development that advances student learning in West Virginia schools. During the June board meeting, the policy was placed on a period of public comment. As a result of the comments received the area related to the evaluation of central office administrators was amended.
Educators, parents, community members and others 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 Liza Cordeiro the Office of Communication at 304-558-2699.