W.Va. Board Seeks Input on CTE Policy Revisions

January 14, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education is seeking public comment on updates to state policy for career and technical education.

Proposed revisions to 2520.13 would adopt National Common Career and Technical Core, Career Ready Practices, as well as the content skill sets defined for each state-approved career and technical concentrations and courses offered in West Virginia.  By adopting the national practices, West Virginia provides its schools with a comprehensive guide for delivering a relevant career technical education curriculum. The changes enhance the content taught in career technical education programs and raises the rigor to provide skills necessary for employment in today’s economy.

“The West Virginia Board of Education recognizes the important role career technical education plays in our state and our nation,” said state Superintendent of Schools Jim Phares. “As we work to improve our public schools, we not only want to ensure all students have the opportunity to attend a four-year college but also support opportunities for students to develop skills that a career technical center or and two-year community college can provide.”

The updated guidelines allow students in the majority of career technical education pathways to earn a credential and also raise accountability for mastery of content. The proposed changes will be on public comment for 30 days.

Educators, parents and community members are encouraged to review the proposed changes and make suggestions. The policy 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 Communication at (304) 558-2699.

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