W.Va. Board of Education Seeks Public Input

October 12, 2010

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education is seeking comment on alterations made to two state policies outlining preschool and school counselor standards. The board voted during its October meeting to place the policy updates on a 30-day comment period ending Nov. 8. 

Updates to Policy 5100: Approval Educational Personnel Programs add professional standards for school counselors. The changes are based on recommendations from the School Counseling Model Task Force formed last year.

The standards assure that all school counselors, school counselor educators and educational leaders in West Virginia share common language and common expectations regarding the role of the school counselor in West Virginia. School counselors play a vital role by providing academic, career and personal/social development guidance to students.

Updates to Policy 2445.40: Groupings for Textbook Adoption for Early Childhood Education, Middle Childhood Education, and Adolescent Education delays the adoption of instructional resources for two years. This will allow districts to utilize certain funding to strengthen the infrastructure so that students will be able to access digital content and purchase 21st century instructional tools to provide equal access to digital content. Additionally, districts will be able to adopt quality instructional resources aligned to the Common State Standards in math and English language arts in a digital format.

Educators, parents and community members are encouraged to review the policies and make suggestions. The policies can be viewed and comments can be submitted by logging onto the West Virginia Department of Education website at http://wvde.state.wv.us/policies.

The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) is committed to ensuring all students in the state are college and career ready when they graduate from a public school. What West Virginia students are learning in school exceeds national and international standards. Through the WVDE’s 21st century learning plan called Global21: Students deserve it. The world demands it, West Virginia is seeing better student performance on the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST2); the SAT and the ACT, college entrance exams; the job skills assessment called Work Keys given to career and technical education students; and in a high school graduation rate that exceeds the national average.

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

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