State Seeks Comment on GED, Parent Involvement Policies

December 17, 2007

CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ The West Virginia Board of Education is seeking public comment on a policy that governs the General Educational Development (GED®) tests given to those seeking the equivalent to a high school diploma. Board members voted at their December meeting to place the policy on public comment for 30 days.  


Policy 2444.4: Issuance of the State of West Virginia High School Equivalency Diploma Based Upon Passage of the General Educational Development (GED) Tests provides guidance for compliance with the American Council on Education’s GED Testing Service requirements.


The proposed modifications will require all candidates testing in West Virginia to pass the official GED practice tests, which should increase West Virginia’s GED passing rate as well as improve counties’ dropout rates.


The updates also reflect changes in West Virginia’s eligibility requirements for those 16, 17 and 18 years old. The changes also allow the GED candidate to continue testing after leaving a government program or state-operated institutional facility and permits qualified personnel at a detention center or group home to determine if the GED is the right prescription for students placed in their care.

Also placed on 30-day comment is Policy 22200: Parent Involvement in Education. This policy provides guidelines for the development of a parent involvement policy in each county and ensures that counties are effectively using their strategic planning process to maximize parent involvement.

Educators, parents and community members are encouraged to review the policy and make suggestions. The policy can be viewed and comments can be submitted by logging onto the West Virginia Department of Education Web site at .

For more information, contact the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.

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