“I think it is important to point out that we did not lower our educational standards in an effort to increase the number of schools meeting AYP,” said State Superintendent of Schools David Stewart. “Our standards are still rigorous and we welcome the challenge of helping every child reach proficiency by 2013 – 2014.”
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Several state, business and community leaders joined the West Virginia Board of Education and the Department to offer assistance to schools that did not make AYP. Participants included the Higher Education Policy Commission; the Office of Education and the Arts; the West Virginia Senate Education Committee; the West Virginia House Education Committee; the West Virginia Education Association; the American Federation of Teachers; the Education Alliance; the West Virginia Business Roundtable; the Office of Education Performance Audits; the West Virginia School Boards Association; and Regional Education Service Agencies.
The West Virginia Department of Education will provide direct assistance to all the schools that did not meet AYP. Assistance includes county support teams and educational guidance via a distinguished educator in more challenged schools.
“Together we can turn these schools around,” said Stewart. “We must all play a role in getting these schools back on track and closing the achievement gap. We have no choice but to succeed.”
The No Child Left Behind Act, signed into law on January 8, 2002, changes the culture of American schools by closing the achievement gap, offering more flexibility, giving parents more options and teaching students based on what works.
For more information about West Virginia Achieves and a full list of "schools in need of improvement" log onto http://wvachieves.k12.wv.us/