State Superintendent of Schools Dr. David Stewart met with Dr. Eugene Hickok, United States Department of Education's Under Secretary, to discuss West Virginia's proposed accountability plan.
Federal NCLB legislation requires each state to submit an accountability plan. During West Virginia's session, Dr. Stewart shared the state's plan and how school systems will assure that all children reach proficiency by 2013-14.
Dr. Hickok's committee was very receptive to the development and design of the West Virginia accountability plan, and few changes were recommended.
"I was especially pleased to see Dr. Hickok's interest in what we have accomplished in West Virginia over the last 12 years," said Dr. David Stewart. "In truth, West Virginia was implementing many of the requirements of federal NCLB legislation before those requirements were legislated in House Bill I, NCLB last January, 2002."
Many accomplishments that have taken place under the leadership and direction of the West Virginia State Board of Education and through the work of Dr. Stewart and the West Virginia Department of Education were also acknowledged during the Washington trip. For example:
1. Development/implementation of an alternate assessment for special needs students; 2. Development of five levels of performance descriptors within the content standards; 3. Design/development of new assessments in grades 3 to 8 and 10; 4. Development/implementation of the West Virginia Education Information Management System (WVEIS) in 1989 via state code mandates and legislative funding; 5. Annual decisions made about school performance since 1990; 6. Using assessment data first for instructional improvement, and then for school improvement and accountability; 7. And fostering a strong working relationship with the state legislature.
This same NCLB implementation team will meet with a peer review committee on February 13, 2003 in Charleston to further review and analyze West Virginia's accountability plan.