W. Va. Board of Education Seeks Comment on Proposed Policy Updates

July 15, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education at its July meeting placed several proposed policy updates on public comment for 30 days.

The board is seeking comment on changes to Policy 2340, West Virginia Measures of Academic Progress. The update incorporates recent revisions to Policy 2510, Assuring Quality of Education:  Regulations for Education Programs. Those changes included changing chemistry from a graduation requirement to an elective science course. The update to 2340 addresses the students who are required to take the Grade 11 WESTEST2 Science Test.

Also on public comment are updates to Policy 3236, Education Innovation Zones. Revisions to this policy incorporate legislation passed earlier this year that addresses dropout prevention and credit recovery. The intent of the legislation is to add a separate category of innovation zones that allows schools to focus on dropout prevention.

The board also is considering changes to Policy 5100, Approval of Educational Personnel Preparation Programs as well as updates to Policy 5202, Minimum Requirements for the Licensure of Professional/Paraprofessional Personnel and Advance Salary Classifications These policy updates are being revised to reflect new Praxis test numbers and scores for the tests. Changes also include clarification of programmatic levels previously omitted and modification of the programmatic level for the preschool endorsement, among other changes.

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

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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