CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Due to overwhelming interest, the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) announced the addition of four more regional stakeholder meetings to discuss the state’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan. Meetings have already been held in Lewis County and Kanawha County, with an additional meeting scheduled for Monday, July 10th at 5:30 p.m. at Spring Mills High School in Berkeley County. The meetings will include a brief informational session and an open question and answer session. All stakeholder meetings are open to the public. The added events will take place at the following dates and times:
ESSA was signed into law in December 2015, replacing the No Child Left Behind Act. The federal legislation represents a shift from broad federal oversight to greater flexibility of primary and secondary education at the state and local levels. ESSA requires all states to develop plans that address standards, assessments, accountability and support for struggling schools. The WVDE will post the full state plan online in early August for a 30-day public comment period prior to the submission of the final plan on September 18, 2017.
In addition to attending the stakeholder meetings, interested citizens are encouraged to visit the Department’s ESSA website to watch a video: http://wvde.state.wv.us/essa/ and take a brief survey: http://wvde.state.wv.us/essa/share-your-opinion.html.
For additional information, contact Kristin Anderson at the WVDE Office of Communications at 304-558-2699 or Kristin.Anderson@k12.wv.us.