W.Va. Board of Education Seeks Teacher Input

February 19, 2008

CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ The West Virginia Board of Education wants to hear from teachers. Together with 15 other stakeholders, including teacher unions and the governor’s 21st Century Jobs Council, the board has launched West Virginia’s Vision for Improving Teaching and Learning (WV VITAL), an online survey of teachers on teaching and learning conditions as well as school climate.


Teachers have been asked to take about 20 minutes to respond to the confidential, web-based survey during the next month. Survey data will address the conditions and climates of schools as they impact and support effective leadership, encourage teacher retention and promote student learning in the 21st century.


Responses will be accepted from Feb. 18 to March 14. A toll-free telephone help desk is available to answer questions about the survey weekdays between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. at 1-866-588-4342. Participants will remain anonymous but results will be shared with schools, school districts and the West Virginia Board of Education. Preliminary data should be available about a month after the survey closes. Final reports will be available in approximately three months.



“This survey provides us with a unique opportunity to gather information about school climate from those whose perceptions matter most – practicing educators,” said state Board of Education member Lowell Johnson, who is heading up the project. “This data will prove to be invaluable as we make decisions about school improvement.”


The West Virginia Board of Education and its Teaching and Learning Conditions Survey Stakeholders Group are working with the New Teacher Center at the University of California at Santa Cruz to conduct the survey.


WV VITAL stakeholders include the 21st Century Jobs Council; West Virginia-American Federation of Teachers; Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston schools; Edvantia; Office of the Secretary of Education and the Arts; Regional Education Service Agencies; West Virginia Association of Elementary and Middle School Principals; West Virginia Association of School Administrators; West Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals; West Virginia Board of Education; West Virginia Department of Education; West Virginia Education Association; West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission; West Virginia Independent Colleges and Universities; West Virginia Professional Educators; and West Virginia Schools Boards Association.


For more information, contact Karen Larry, executive assistant to the state superintendent at (304) 558-2118, or the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699. The survey Web site can be viewed at http://www.westvirginiavital.org .