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Tiny houses to be presented to W.Va. flood victims

December 22, 2016 - The West Virginia Department of Education said 12 career and technical centers across the state, including James Rumsey Technical Institute near Hedgesville, W.Va., have built small homes for families whose lives were torn apart.

Gilmer regains control of school system

December 22, 2016 - The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) voted to return full control to Gilmer County Schools during its December board meeting. The vote came after six years of state intervention and improvements.

James Rumsey Technical Institute works to build homes, character

November 14, 2016 - The flood waters that ravaged many communities in the southern part of the state have displaced thousands of people, and many are homeless still. That’s why James Rumsey Technical Institute (JRTI) wanted to get involved and will make sure at least one family has a roof over their heads this winter. High school and adult students came together to make a difference.

W.Va. Superintendent Michael Martirano: Test Scores Don’t Tell Whole Story

November 14, 2016 - West Virginia schools are turning out a higher percentage of high school graduates than the national average, despite the state’s high poverty rate. State Superintendent of Schools Michael Martirano said the graduation rate, second in the nation, is just one of the metrics that show the state’s strengths and success in K-12 education.

State's graduation rate increase is great news

November 3, 2016 - Just last week, Martirano announced that the state’s graduation rate continued an upward trend, reaching 89.81 percent last year. Saying the mark is an “all-time high,” he noted that last year’s was 86.5 percent. The increase is even more significant when you consider that in 2010, the graduation rate was only 74.7 percent.

Editorial: Higher graduation rates are big step forward

October 31, 2016 - Last week, West Virginia State Superintendent Michael Martirano reported that the four-year graduation for high schools in the state was 89.8 percent. That is a major increase from the 78 percent reported for the 2010-11 school year, when schools and states began to calculate the rate in a consistent manner.

Superintendent: State Achieves Historically High Graduation Rate

October 27, 2016 - West Virginia high school students have achieved the state’s highest graduation rate on record. During the 2015-2016 school year, West Virginia graduated 89.8 percent of its high school seniors. State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Martirano announced the historic graduation rate at George Washington High School in Charleston Tuesday morning.

West Virginia’s high school graduation rate hits all-time high

October 25, 2016 - More high school students are graduating in West Virginia than ever before now, with just under 90 percent of the seniors in the Class of 2016 collecting diplomas. State Superintendent Martirano was at George Washington High School to reveal the 89.81 percent high school graduation rate, up from 86.5 percent in 2015 when the national average was 80 percent.

New digital program helping high schools deliver transcripts

September 27, 2016 - The “West Virginia eTranscript” initiative allows all 122 public high schools access to a secure and trusted platform to submit academic transcripts and other credentials electronically to higher education institutions and other organizations, including the NCAA and scholarship agencies.

Education officials outline Standards Based Accountability System

September 20, 2016 - Within the next few months, public schools across the state will be graded A through F as part of the Standards Based Accountability System. The System relies on standards (what students need to know and be able to do), curriculum (a learning plan to ensure students achieve the goals of the standards), assessments (that are aligned with standards) and accountability (the graded system so schools can aim to improve).

Marshall listening, language lab seeks to go statewide

September 15, 2016 - The Luke Lee Listening, Language and Learning Lab at Marshall University, commonly referred to as "The L," the lab has existed on the third floor of Smith Hall at Marshall, and on Wednesday lab staff and students received a visit from West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Michael Martirano, Deputy Superintendent Cindy Daniels, Delegate Matt Rohrbach, R-Cabell, and Marshall President Jerome Gilbert.

Marshall listening, language lab seeks to go statewide

September 15, 2016 - The Luke Lee Listening, Language and Learning Lab at Marshall University, commonly referred to as "The L," the lab has existed on the third floor of Smith Hall at Marshall, and on Wednesday lab staff and students received a visit from West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Michael Martirano, Deputy Superintendent Cindy Daniels, Delegate Matt Rohrbach, R-Cabell, and Marshall President Jerome Gilbert.

Martirano pushes stay the course attitude

August 28, 2016 - State School Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano says education will continue to improve in West Virginia’s public schools if everyone stays the course.

Martirano wants fewest distractions possible for flood-impacted students

August 24, 2016 - State School Superintendent Doctor Michael Martirano says the fewer distractions the better for students impacted by the June 23 floods. That’s why Martirano is concerned about a possible additional move for Herbert Hoover High and Clendenin Elementary school students in Kanawha County.

Martirano lauds Mineral County for 97 percent graduation rate

August 23, 2016 - State School Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano says he’ll share what’s been successful with the graduation rate in Mineral County with other counties. “I’ll be sharing the best practices with other counties and making certain that they are rising to that level,” Martirano said after a visit to Keyser this week.

School officials note county results on state assessment

August 21, 2016 - Smarter Balanced test results were released for each county on Wednesday and revealed that Lewis County students weren’t where officials would like them to be. Officials are confident for the future and hope to see continued effort each year as the state continues to implement the assessment.

Gatewood Elementary makes it work

August 16, 2016 - On their first day of school Monday, 80 Gatewood Elementary students walked through double doors and directly into a room that will serve as their cafeteria, gymnasium, music class, art room, library and auditorium. "We make it work," said Principal Paul Thompson. "We get our money's worth out of one room."

West Virginia faces challenge in keeping, investing in teachers

August 16, 2016 - The West Virginia Department of Education has been operating with 600 teacher vacancies for more than a year. State Superintendent Michael Martirano is hoping for the number to decrease, but he expects it to be relatively the same.

West Virginia Students Show Slight Improvement

August 11, 2016 - At a time when mathematics is being touted as a way to change West Virginia’s future, fewer than one in three West Virginia public school students are proficient in the subject, according to preliminary results from the General Summative Assessment released Wednesday by the state Department of Education.

WV state school board satisfied with superintendent

August 10, 2016 - After spending about two and a half hours Wednesday in a closed session called for personnel issues, including the annual evaluation of state Schools Superintendent Michael Martirano, the West Virginia Board of Education announced it was satisfied with Martirano.

2015-2016 Test Scores Show Improvements Across Grade Levels

August 10, 2016 - Statewide standardized test results show West Virginia students are improving in both math and English under Common Core education standards, but West Virginia teachers will be teaching under new standards this school year.

Energy Express winds up successful summer

August 10, 2016 - The Energy Express program at the Southern Appalachian Labor School wound up another successful year recently. Last week, program leaders welcomed area residents for an open house in which they displayed the progress made by the students this summer. The students also went out on the grounds of the former Beards Fork Elementary School for some of the exercise to which they became accustomed during the program's six-week period.

School supply drive to aid flood victims

July 20, 2016 - The West Virginia Department of Education is leading a multi-county effort to help schools affected by the June flooding in the state to replenish their lost supplies and provide needed materials for students. A Back-to-School Supply Drive will take place now through July 30 with collection sites operating throughout Kanawha County.

School damage reports changing rapidly; start times could be pushed back

June 28, 2016 - State school leaders are taking post-flood procedures day by day and assessment by assessment. Damage has been reported in schools in 25 of the state’s 55 counties. “I’m hopeful, but in some cases we’re very concerned about the severe damage,” said West Virginia Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano.

West Virginia makes efforts to recruit quality teachers

May 19, 2016 - “I firmly believe the most important people in the world of education are teachers,” said Michael Martirano, West Virginia superintendent of schools. “We need to do everything we can to nurture them, support them and provide the compensation necessary for them.”

School grades in West Virginia to start this fall

May 4, 2016 - The state Board of Education is now accepting comments on a policy change clearing the way for A-F grades for elementary, middle and high schools in the Mountain State, a grading system that grew out of the 2013 education reform law.