Japan Takes a Lesson in School Monitoring from West Virginia

November 10, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A representative from the Japanese Ministry of Education traveled across the state to learn more about West Virginia's school performance monitoring system. The state monitors schools through the Office of Education Performance Audits (OEPA).

Shota Teruya, an assistant professor from Aichi Toho University in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan, arrived in West Virginia last week to conduct research on processes for monitoring school performance. Mr. Teruya identified West Virginia as one of a few systems worldwide that accredits schools related to identified, research-based high quality standards.

"It was a great honor to host Mr. Teruya as he explored best practices across West Virginia," said Gus Penix, Executive Director of the OEPA. "We have a robust school performance monitoring system that focuses on student achievement. We relish the opportunity to share information and exchange ideas."

Professor Teruya met with the West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE), West Virginia Department of Education and OEPA. In addition, he visited schools in Monongalia and Taylor counties. Key areas of interest included:

Policy - Urgency for improving school performance in all West Virginia schools through policy development and implementation that focuses on continuous improvement of all schools.

Supports and Guidance - Processes for identifying lowest performing schools in West Virginia and providing diagnostic analysis of school data to inform the improvement process in those schools.

Monitoring and Accrediting - Processes for monitoring and rating all schools in West Virginia relative to WVBE High Quality Standards, identified resource needs, best practices and compliance with WVBE policies and West Virginia State Code.

For more information, contact Dr. Gus Penix at the OEPA at 304-558-3788.

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