Secretary Paige highlighted the data system while in Charleston, West Virginia to announce the approval of the state’s NCLB accountability plan. The accountability plan is a detailed proposal to strengthen educational achievement throughout the state. West Virginia is the ninth state to receive approval from the U.S. Department of Education.
“West Virginia really is ahead of the pack thanks to our data collection system, “ said State Superintendent of Schools David Stewart. “The West Virginia Legislature showed incredible vision when its members directed the Department of Education to develop this system.”
The WVEIS project was created in 1990 to ensure standardized data collection and reporting to the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE).
Reporting processes were streamlined and individual county expensese were reduced by consolidating individual county computer systems into several larger Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) based systems.
The WVEIS project has grown to include every county Board of Education office and school in West Virginia and has formed a Wide Area Network (WAN) with links to each RESA office in the state as well as to the WVDE. Student applications on the WVEIS network include student scheduling, student attendance, student grading, and several custom programs.
“I believe other states are planning to model their collection systems on West Virginia’s initiative,” said WVEIS Executive Director Nancy Walker. “We were able to get our accountability plan approved so quickly in part because we already had a way of collecting information about our students and breaking it down.”
No Child Left Behind coincides with West Virginia’s priorities. In 2000, the West Virginia Board of Education adopted the seven refined goals, including teaching all children to read and ensuring mastery of the basic skills in reading, writing and mathematics.