West Virginia Department of Education to Host Town Hall Meetings on K-12 Academic Standards

August 31, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) announced a series of regional town hall meetings to discuss the West Virginia Next Generation Standards for grades K-12. The meetings will include a brief informational session and an open question and answer session. All Town Hall meetings are open to the public. Events will take place at the following dates and times:

September 1, 6:30 p.m.

West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV
The Erickson Alumni Center
Ruby Grand Hall

September 3, 6:30 p.m.

Marshall University
Huntington, WV
Memorial Student Center
Shawkey Room - 2nd Floor

September 10, 6:30 p.m.

BridgeValley Community and Technical College
Advanced Technology Center
South Charleston Campus

September 17, 5:30 p.m.

Concord University
Athens, WV
Rahall Technology Building
Room 304

September 20, 5:30 p.m.

Southern WV Community and Technical College
Logan Campus - Mt. Gay, WV
Building A, Room 111

September 22, 6:30 p.m.

West Liberty University
Wheeling, WV
Academic, Sports and Recreation Complex (ASRC)
Boyle Conference Room

September 29, 6:30 p.m.

Shepherd University
Shepherdstown, WV
Erma Byrd Hall
Auditorium - Room 117

Sarah Stewart, director of policy and government relations in the state superintendent’s office, said the purpose of the discussion is to evaluate the state’s K-12 academic standards, which were phased in from 2011 to 2014. The standards serve as benchmarks for what students in West Virginia should know at the end of each grade level.

“We are looking for actionable feedback on specific standards in English language arts and math,” Stewart said. She added that in addition to attending the town hall meetings, citizens can access wvacademicspotlight.statestandards.org on the Web to get more information and provide comments. Comments will be received through the website until Sept. 30. Comments received will serve as a basis for recommendations that will be made to the Board of Education at the end of the calendar year.

According to the West Virginia Department of Education, the Next Generation Standards are a set of high expectations in English language arts and mathematics that were developed by state leaders and teachers to ensure every student graduates from high school prepared for college and the 21st century world of work. Educational standards that set high, clear and consistent expectations, like the West Virginia Next Generation Standards, are essential to creating an education system that prepares our young people for success in school, work and life.

For additional information, contact Kristin Anderson at the WVDE Office of Communications at 304-558-2699 or Kristin.Anderson@k12.wv.us.

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