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Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties

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The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) adopted two policies and placed another two on 30-day public comment during its November meeting in Charleston. Adopted policies were previously available online for a 30-day comment period, and comments were considered in the adopted policies. A brief description of each policy can be found below.

Adopted Policies

     
  • 3234 – School Calendar: Six faculty senate meetings are now required, with one being held before the commencement of the instructional term, and one at the end of the employment term. The revised policy also states that instructional minutes are now part of state code requiring a minimum of 315 instructional minutes for elementary schools, 330 instructional minutes for middle schools and 345 instructional minutes for high schools. Additionally, counties now have the option to add 30 minutes to the minimum instructional day to accumulate time equivalent for up to five days to use for school cancellations due to inclement weather, and up to five days for professional learning experiences for teachers when students are not present. This policy will be effective on December 11, 2017.
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  • 5202 – Minimum Requirements for the Licensure of Professional/ Paraprofessional Personnel and Advanced Salary Classifications: Policy revisions are intended to provide additional flexibility for the licensure of aspiring educators. Requirements have not changed, but have been expanded and provide additional options to meet existing requirements. Additional options include exemption from the Praxis content test for individuals who hold a master’s degree and five years of directly related work experience or a doctorate in a content area. The revised policy also allows for individuals who hold a master’s degree and who completed a Speech Language Pathology Program, are licensed to practice in another state, hold a valid West Virginia Board of Examiners in Speech Pathology and Audiology license and valid national certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and passing scores on the current Praxis exam to teach in West Virginia for two years conditionally without a school certificate. The revised policy also allows for the use of eLearning courses to be used for certification renewal with the option to renew for one year with only three semester hours. Finally, the revised policy allows an individual in a medical field to serve as a temporary replacement for up to three days for the assigned coach or trainer during a season, while individuals holding a valid Professional Student Support certificate are eligible to coach without the Coaching Authorization. This policy will be effective on December 11, 2017.

Policies Out for 30-Day Public Comment

     
  • 2510 – Approval for Educator Preparation Programs: The revised policy is intended to ensure students are college and career ready, while providing additional flexibility to counties. Major revisions include changing the minimum number of required graduation credits from 24 to 21 and changing the number of required high school social studies credits from four to three. Finally, the revised policy changes the non-weighted course grading scale to a grading scale used by virtual schools and most colleges, which will make 0-59 an F, 60-69 a D, 70-79 a C, 80-89 a B and 90-100 an A. The additional changes focus on personalizing education to meet the needs of individual students while maintaining rigorous educational standards.
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  • 2460 – Educational Purpose and Acceptable Use of Electronic Resources, Technologies and the Internet: The revised policy is designed to set forth recommendations, guidelines and responsibilities for any individual using the K-12 network and electronic devices. Districts must use Policy 2460 as their Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) but may incorporate additional, more stringent guidelines closely aligned with local directives. Each user on the K-12 network is made aware of the contents and must agree to the AUP prior to using any electronic device on the K-12 network. Individuals without a signed AUP would be prohibited from using any electronic device on the K-12 network. For students under 18, a parent signature is required. Language throughout the document was updated to encompass the ever-widening presence of social media and to comply with updated local, state and federal laws and policies.

To review Board policies and comment online, visit: http://wvde.state.wv.us/policies/

Policy 2510 is an admission by the West Virginia Board of Education of their own failure.

Dumb down the standards in order that students can get a passing grade.

You grand pooh-bahs in Charleston BOE should be ashamed of yourselves!  But you have no shame. Obviously so.

Steve Paine, leading the failure of education in West Virginia.

Comment by # 2510 policy--WVBOE ADMITS OWN FAILURE  on  11.10.2017

All high schools in WV have ACT Profile Reports for each graduating class.

The only performance information typically cited in school districts is average ACT scores for graduating classes.

If you can get copies of Reports for your high schools read them to independently evaluate testing results for career and college readiness, science, technology engineering and math (STEM), and other categories.

Chances are that your local administrators gloated that average ACT scores for graduating classes are commendable to give your high schools passing marks, but other testing outcomes in the Reports may show otherwise.

It is doubtful if LSIC members for your high schools know about the Reports to be grounds for demanding academic improvement plans. Check Reports for high schools in your school district to make up your own minds.

Comment by WVDOE Fact Checker  on  11.11.2017

Fellow West Virginian’s.  What is being seen here is Paine’s return to ‘power’ and the continued 20 years charade by the WVBOE.

They spend your tax dollars.  They do their best to cover their failed efforts.  They cheat our children of a good education. 

They play (think manipulate) with the grading system every couple years, making it impossible to follow students upward or downward progressions.

Don’t expect any good, any progress, any improvement to happen in West Virginia.  It’s not in the cards.  Well, that is not in the ‘administrators’.

Comment by 20 years of WVBOE 'playing' school  on  11.12.2017

What is this “LSIC” commenter speaks about?
Who and what is that all about?

Comment by reader  on  11.12.2017

LSIC=Local School Improvement Council. Each WV school has one. Google to learn what each one is supposed to do to improve a school. Ask for plans for your schools.

Comment by POGO  on  11.13.2017

LSIC plans are short on specifics for measurable academic improvements to be achieved. That way no matter what happens extraordinary successes can be proclaimed. The strategy is designed to make meaningful accountability impossible for school system administrators.

Comment by More Of Same For WV Schools  on  11.15.2017

Why are Gilmer’s voters kept in the dark about activities of the two LSICs in the County? No published agendas before meetings, no published meeting minutes, and plans with details for school improvements are not disclosed. Violation of WV’s open meeting laws? To top it off memberships of LSIC’s and who selected the individuals are kept secret from voters.

Comment by Gilmer Voter  on  11.16.2017
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