The WVDE Sends Out a Call for Students

May 27, 2008

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) today launched an online student survey, expanding the earlier State Superintendent’s Student Forums.  This survey can be found at As the WVDE continues to grow its 21st Century Learning initiative, a voice vital to the initiative is that of students. In exchange for their insight and suggestions, student participants will have a chance at winning an iPod touch after taking the survey.

“Earlier this year I traveled the state conducting student forums in four locations,” said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Steven Paine. “We heard from students in their own words about what is working in our schools and what we can improve. I look forward to the online survey so that we can gather more input from a wider audience” said Paine.

West Virginia has worked to add rigor to its educational system. Twenty-first century learning is the evolution of education resulting in a deeper understanding of core curriculum.  It integrates problem solving, communication, critical thinking and technology skills into what is already taught in the classroom so that students can thrive in a globally diverse marketplace and lead a personally satisfying and productive life.

“Students must be able to comprehend, problem solve and communicate solutions if they are expected to succeed globally,” Paine said. “Our 21st Century Learning initiative provides a system-wide approach that will provide our graduates with the intellectual capital needed in an interconnected world.”

The department will use the feedback from the online student survey to fine-tune the 21st Century Learning initiative. Middle and high school students are encouraged to participate in the online survey. Students can take the online survey from any location with Internet service. The survey will be open until June 17, 2008. For more information about the student online survey or the 21st Century Learning initiative, contact the WVDE Communications Office at (304) 558- 2699.


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