W.Va. Board of Education Approves Policy Updates

June 10, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va.  The West Virginia Board of Education at its June meeting approved updates to several state policies to extend the annual testing window, among other changes.
Board members voted unanimously to approve a statewide waiver to allow schools to conduct the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST2) before May 15. The waiver allows schools to administer the test between May 7 and May 25.
The board also updated the master plan for statewide professional development to coordinate West Virginia Department of Education teacher training efforts with those offered by the West Virginia Center for Professional Development, the eight Regional Education Service Personnel and programs offered by West Virginia University and Marshall University.
Also approved were updates to Policy 2525, West Virginia’s Universal Access to a Quality Early Education System were made to address the continuous quality improvement of West Virginia's Universal Pre-K system. The proposed revisions target three key areas, including continued collaboration of community partners to strengthen universal enrollment processes; the approval process for comprehensive pre-k curricula; and the revision of the current program assessmentand continuous quality improvement procedures for the county collaborative early childhood team.
Additionally, the board voted to update Policy 2510, Assuring Quality of Education:  Regulations for Education Programs to reflect the first phase of revisions to occur over the next 12 months. Revisions include the elimination of time constraints for teaching particular subjects at the elementary and middle school level; the removal of expired graduation requirements; the condensation of current graduation requirements into one cohesive set; and other minor provisions. 
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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