State Board Members Visit the Kentucky Board of Education

June 23, 2015

Charleston, W.Va.— The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) visited the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) on June 2 and 3 to engage in informal discussions with Kentucky board members and to observe a KBE meeting. In an article dated May 8, 2015, the Wall Street Journal reported the following: “Kentucky is in its fourth year of testing linked to Common Core State Standards, at a time when most other states are counting the tests for the first time. While students here were slow to show improvement, scores on standardized tests have begun to pick up”. 

"Kentucky has succeeded in improving student achievement by staying the course,” said WVBE President Gayle Manchin. “It is confirmation for us that we must be persistent in giving our standards time and allowing our students the chance to demonstrate achievement. Kentucky's success is one of the reasons why our board was interested in engaging in a mutual sharing session with the KBE and the Kentucky Department of Education.” 

During the two meetings, board members found commonalities in the demographics and geography of the two states as well as the key education issues of standards and assessments. The members shared ideas on various topics including accountability strategies to increase academic achievement; effective communication techniques; increasing parental involvement; the use of technology to augment instructional days; and effective strategies for standards implementation. 

Manchin expressed her appreciation to the Appalachian Regional Comprehensive Center for organizing and facilitating the discussion. She highlighted the initiatives that were of particular interest to the WVBE members, including a report on the Non-Traditional Instruction Initiative from the Kentucky Next Generation Schools and Districts and the 2015-16 KBE Plan. 

Roger Marcum, KBE chairman, expressed the desire to continue the dialogue electronically and suggested a reciprocal visit to a future WVBE meeting.

The KBE has 12 members; the governor appoints 11 voting members, 7 representing the Supreme Court districts and 4 representing the state at large. The additional member, the president of the Council on Postsecondary Education, serves as a non-voting member. West Virginia state board members are also governor appointments. 

For more information, contact the West Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Communication at 304-558-2699.


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