W.Va. Board Approves Policy Revisions, Seeks Public Comment on Others

November 09, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Board of Education has approved one policy update, delayed voting on another and placed two other proposed policies on public comment for 30 days.

Board members at their November meeting approved revisions to Policy 2445.41, Textbooks Adoption Notice, Request and Instructions to Publishers to make it easier to submit digital as well as text-based materials. The revisions also clarify the definition of textbooks to include both print-based and electronic textbooks. The revisions allow for a teacher’s edition to be provided in digital format when the student text is in digital or electronic format and requires publishers to include an interactive version of all print-based textbooks, among other changes.

The board delayed voting on revisions to Policy 2200, Local School Improvement Councils: Engaging Parents, Families, Students, Business and Community in Education until a future meeting. The update would incorporate the roles of Local School Improvement Councils in supporting schools, school improvement and innovation.

Meanwhile, the board is seeking public comment on updates to Policy 5100, Approval of Educational Personnel Preparation Programs. The revisions clarify clinical experiences in elementary schools and for endorsements that span multiple programmatic levels. The policy updates also address parameters for clinical experiences in virtual school settings and add an endorsement to a professional certificate. The changes also add standards for an elementary math endorsement and an elementary math specialization and other minor edits. The policy is on comment for 30 days.

Also proposed are updates to Policy 5202, Minimum Requirements for the Licensure of Professional/Paraprofessional Personnel and Advance Salary Classifications. The revision requires professional development necessary to renew the chief business official authorization to be approved by the West Virginia Department of Education. It also clarifies requirements to add an endorsement to a professional certificate and makes other minor 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.

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