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A Community Evaluation of Our Standards

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the WV Next Generation Standards?

The West Virginia Next Generation Standards are a set of high expectations in English language arts and mathematics that were developed by West Virginia teachers and education stakeholders to ensure every student graduates high school prepared for the future. These standards replace West Virginia's former set of expectations for students. Educational standards that set high, clear and consistent expectations, like the West Virginia Next Generation Standards, are essential to creating an educational system that prepares our young people for success in school, work and life. From 2011-2014, a phased-in approach was used to implement the Next Generation Standards in classrooms across the state.

What guidance do the WV Next Generation Standards provide to teachers?

The West Virginia Next Generation Standards are a clear set of shared goals and expectations for the knowledge and skills students need in English language arts and mathematics at every grade level so they can be prepared to succeed in college, career, and life. The standards establish what students need to learn, but they do not dictate how teachers should teach. Teachers will devise their own lesson plans and curriculum, and tailor their instruction to the individual needs of the students in their classrooms.

Do the standards tell teachers what to teach?

Teachers know best about what works in the classroom. That is why these standards establish what students need to learn, but do not dictate how teachers should teach. Instead, teachers devise their own lesson plans and curriculum, and tailor their instruction to the individual needs of the students in their classrooms.

My student's school has chosen to revert to teaching "traditional" math courses, as opposed to "integrated" math. Are those courses still in accordance with the WV Next Generation Standards?

Yes. The high school Next Generation Standards for Mathematics are grouped by conceptual category - not by course - to allow for two approaches. The traditional approach consists of three courses: Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II. The integrated approach also consists of three courses: Math I, Math II, and Math III. School districts have the flexibility to utilize the pathway best suited to their goals for mathematics education. The Academic Spotlight evaluation provides the opportunity for the community to provide feedback on both the traditional and integrated math approach.

Can you give me a little more information about the "traditional" math pathway and the "integrated" math pathway?

What is the same between the two pathways?
The "traditional" math pathway consists of Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II, while the "integrated" pathway consists of Math I, Math II, and Math III. All three courses in both pathways include the same content standards. Across the three courses, students in the traditional pathway will study the same content as students in the integrated pathway. In other words, they have the same entry and exit point. Additionally, there is attention to the Standards for Mathematical Practice and an emphasis on mathematical modeling in both pathways.
What is different about the two pathways?
The difference in the two pathways is how the standards are organized into the three courses. For example, in the traditional pathway, the geometry conceptual category is its own course. In the integrated pathway, there are geometry standards present in all three courses. The integrated pathway intends for connections across all conceptual categories to be made, as standards from all conceptual categories are present in each of the three courses. By doing so, the coherence of studying mathematics across the various domains in K-8 is preserved.
Can 8th grade students be accelerated in both pathways?
Students who are accelerated into high school mathematics in grade 8 will take either Math I for 8th grade or Algebra I for 8th grade. These courses contain all the content of Math I or Algebra I plus the content from 8th grade math necessary for the prerequisite knowledge for Math I or Algebra I.
Traditional Pathway
Course Algebra I for 8th grade or Algebra I Geometry Algebra II
Conceptual Category Number and Quantity   Number and Quantity
Algebra   Algebra
Functions   Functions
  Geometry  
Statistics and Probability   Statistics and Probability
Integrated Pathway
Course Math I for 8th grade or Math I Math II Math III
Conceptual Category Number and Quantity Number and Quantity Number and Quantity
Algebra Algebra Algebra
Functions Functions Functions
Geometry Geometry Geometry
Statistics and Probability Statistics and Probability Statistics and Probability

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