WV backs off exemption from basic teacher skills test
By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail
The West Virginia Board of Education has backed off from a proposal to exempt education bachelor’s degree holders who meet minimum grade point averages from having to pass the basic knowledge test to become public school teachers.
The state school board proposed the exemption in September when it put that and other suggested changes to its Policy 5202 out for public comment. The board finally approved changes to Policy 5202 this week, but the proposed GPA exemption had been removed.
To be exempted from the basic knowledge PRAXIS test, which tests teachers’ skills in math and English language arts, a bachelor’s degree holder would’ve had to have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA that included at least six semester hours of college-level English and six semester hours of college-level math, with at least a 3.0 GPA in each.