“West Virginia’s plan is very impressive on many different levels,” said Dr. Kerri Briggs, a U.S. Department of Education representative. “The West Virginia Department of Education has done a tremendous job working as a team and pulling together a well organized submission.”
Federal NCLB legislation requires each state to submit an accountability plan. The plan must detail how West Virginia school systems will assure that all children reach proficiency by 2013-14.
The national review team applauded the state's team for its cutting-edge knowledge of regulations and legislation and its national involvement and leadership.
“While I have served as chair of West Virginia’s NCLB implementation team, certainly our high marks could not have been achieved without the tireless work of department staff, Board of Education members and our legislative leaders,” said Assistant State Superintendent Dr. Pamela Sumpter-Cain, Division of Instructional and Student Services.
Many accomplishments that have taken place under the leadership and direction of the West Virginia State Board of Education and through the work of State Superintendent of Schools Dr. David Stewart and the West Virginia Department of Education were also acknowledged during today’s peer review. 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); 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 and teachers' unions.
“I could not be more pleased with the work of our committee and the outcome of today’s meeting,” said State Superintendent of Schools Dr. David Stewart. “We still have a long way to go before full federal approval of our NCLB plan, but we are obviously on the right track.”