From 2011 to 2014 over 600 teachers and administrators in West Virginia worked to develop, review, and roll out West Virginia's English language arts (ELA) and Mathematics standards to assure that our students are prepared for college and/or careers. Standards set goals or benchmarks that define what all students are expected to know or be able to do by the end of a given grade or course. As required by law, prior to implementing these standards in the classroom, the West Virginia Board of Education provided the opportunity for the public to submit feedback on the standards through the traditional public comment process. Following the public comment process, the Board of Education adopted the standards as the West Virginia Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives.
Now, a community review of the standards, called West Virginia Academic Spotlight, is taking place. The purpose of this review is to increase awareness and understanding of the standards and to solicit actionable feedback on specific standards in ELA and Mathematics. State residents are being asked to share their reflections and thoughts on the specific standards in ELA and math as they are currently implemented.
The West Virginia Department of Education, West Virginia Board of Education, and West Virginia University have partnered together in this initiative and have worked to develop a website which will serve as the platform for feedback collection. The commenting period will remain open until September 30, 2015, in order to maximize the amount of high-quality feedback received. After the commenting period has closed, comments will be evaluated by a team of diverse stakeholders, who will then make recommendations to the West Virginia Board of Education based on these comments to meet the needs of our West Virginia students.