CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) voted today to adopt an amendment to its accountability policy, solidifying metrics to be utilized in the existing accountability system. The vote follows a 30-day public comment period in which more than 400 comments were submitted. The amended policy, Policy 2320, A Process for Improving Education: Performance Based Accreditation System, outlines the multiple measures which will be used to calculate outcomes of the A-F Accountability System.
The amended policy, which takes effect July 11, 2016, assigns all public schools a grade of A through F based on multiple measures of student and school performance. The system is designed to be transparent and provide data while using language that can be easily understood by parents and the community. Schools will be held accountable for what is considered their core mission – increasing student achievement.
“The goal of our accountability system is to communicate student achievement progress to education stakeholders and serve as a platform for school improvement,” said Board of Education President Mike Green. “This is not a punitive system, but rather a means of empowering our communities and arming them with data and strategies for continuous school improvement.”
All public schools throughout West Virginia will receive a letter grade in mid-November 2016.
“Following the release of grades, the West Virginia Department of Education will work closely with counties to ensure the outcomes are used toward improvement moving forward,” said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Martirano. “We are committed to providing resources to our schools and our parents to ensure year over year we see increases in student achievement.”
Each comment received during the 30-day public comment was addressed and the policy was revised accordingly.
For more information, contact Kristin Anderson at the WVDE Communications Office at (304) 558-2699 or firstname.lastname@example.org.