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WV Teachers Make Math A Priority

December 09, 2004

Charleston, W.Va. - Hundreds of West Virginia teachers are expected to gather in Charleston, West Virginia from December 9 - 11 for the first ever Mathematics Leadership Institute taking place at the Charleston Civic Center.  

The West Virginia Department of Education is sponsoring the three-day event as part of its initiative to improve student math scores.  

"Doors are being closed to our students and their future because of mathematics so we have no choice but to improve our math scores at every grade level," said State Superintendent of Schools David Stewart. "Teachers are facing this challenge head-on and we won't quit until our students lead the nation."  

The West Virginia Department of Education created a Math Task Force, which studied the national research and the needs of West Virginia students. The Task Force developed a five-year plan to improve mathematics for all students, K-16, in our state. The goals are (1) to provide every student at every level the opportunity to take higher-level mathematics, and (2) to increase teacher quality, improve student achievement and impact school improvement in every county of West Virginia.  

The "kick-off" of the 5-year Math Plan will take place during the Mathematics Leadership Institute and all 55 counties have registered a County Math Leadership Team to attend. The County Teams consists of a teacher from K-2, a teacher from 3-5, a teacher from 6-8, a teacher from 9-12 and an administrator.  

"It is a very exciting time for mathematics education in West Virginia. The opportunity exists to change the face of mathematics in K-16 and make the curriculum available to all students and not a select few," added Stewart.  

For a full conference agenda, log onto http://wvde.state.wv.us/tt/2004/mathagenda.pdf  

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