State Board Adds Standards for School Counselors, Delays Action on Textbook Adoptions

December 10, 2010

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education approved updates to two state policies during its December meeting.
Updates to Policy 5100: Approval of Educational Personnel Preparation Programs add professional standards for school counselors. The revisions, based on recommendations from the School Counseling Model Task Force, articulate what a school counselor should know and be able to do. The standards identify five broad areas in which the school counselor should demonstrate expertise: program planning, design and management; program delivery; data-driven accountability and program evaluation; leadership and advocacy; and professional growth and responsibilities.
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.
Changes 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 update will allow county school systems to redirect funds to build the infrastructure necessary for implementation of digital resources currently being developed as the publishers make their transition to interactive digital resources. 
School administrators, teachers, parents and others are encouraged to review the policies, which can be viewed by logging onto  
For more information, contact the Office of Communications at 304-558-2699.

 --The West Virginia Board of Education and the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) are 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. 


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