Charleston, WV – At a news conference on July 8, members of the West Virginia Department of Education and West Virginia University announced the launch of the Next Generation Standards evaluation website. The website is part of an evaluation called West Virginia Academic Spotlight, which is an opportunity for the community to share their reflections on the standards for K-12 education in the state.
“This is a substantive work that gets us moving forward for the future of our kids,” Dr. Martirano said, adding, “I believe this is the most important work in our state right now.” The Academic Spotlight evaluation will give parents, teachers, and students a voice in the standards that are in place in West Virginia schools.
West Virginia’s English language arts (ELA) and mathematics standards set grade-specific goals which define what all students are expected to know and be able to do by the end of a given grade or course. The standards are a clear set of shared expectations for the knowledge and skills students need in ELA and math so they can be prepared to succeed in the global workforce.
The Next Generation standards were adopted by the Board of Education in 2011 and implemented in West Virginia classrooms from 2011-2014. The standards were developed using input from over 600 teachers and administrators, with public comment from residents as a way to assure grade-level achievement was consistent with college and career readiness. Now that the standards have been in place for four years, this community evaluation is asking state residents to share their thoughts on the standards as they are currently implemented.
“West Virginia teachers who use the standards agree that they align with higher education standards and career preparedness,” said Gypsy Denzine, Dean of the WVU College of Education and Human Services, who has partnered with the West Virginia Department of Education to provide the community with the opportunity to share their voice. The evaluation provides the opportunity for input only on specific standards in the areas of ELA and math.
The Academic Spotlight website, located at wvacademicspotlight.statestandards.org, will launch on July 8, 2015 and remain open until September 30, 2015 to give those who are interested ample opportunity to provide thoughtful response. After the website has closed, comments on specific standards will be evaluated by a team of stakeholders facilitated by subject-matter experts from West Virginia University. After analysis, the team will then make recommendations on changes to the Board of Education.
“I am so pleased that WVU has stepped up to partner with us in this opportunity for educators and all citizens to carefully read, review and revise our content standards where needed,” Gayle C. Manchin, President West Virginia Board of Education.
For more information on the WV Academic Spotlight, or the WV Next Generation Standards, visit wvde.state.wv.us/wvacademicspotlight.