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September-12-2017

Test scores show 'aspiration gap' among WV students
By BISHOP NASH, Herald Dispatch

CHARLESTON - Data released regarding the ACT college readiness assessment has revealed what state Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine called an "aspiration gap" among West Virginia students.

According to the West Virginia Department of Education, nearly 70 percent of high school graduates are taking the college entrance exam, which is higher than the national average....

September-12-2017

State’s first-ever Freedom Week underway in classrooms
By Hans Fogle, WV MetroNews

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Students in Berkeley County and across the state will focus on the Constitution and government for the state’s new Celebrate Freedom Week.

Middle School Instructional Specialist Carol Hamilton said individual schools will be teaching students at each grade level about how the government works and the defining characteristics of the U.S...

September-11-2017

WV state school board proposes lowering some teacher requirements
Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia Board of Education has proposed changing some requirements to become a public school teacher by exempting education bachelor’s degree holders who meet minimum grade point averages from having to pass the basic knowledge test, and no longer requiring non-education master’s degree holders with “five years of directly related work experience” to...

September-11-2017

Justice set to sign Every Student Succeeds Act plan
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice could sign-off on the state’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) as early as Monday following passage of the plan back on Friday by the state Board of Education.

Under the federally mandated ESSA program, every state must outline the foundational pieces of its public education system, said state Department of Education spokeswoman Kristin...

September-05-2017

Ohio, Monongalia lead the way in Smarter Balanced test results
By Carrie Hodousek, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The 2016-2017 Smarter Balanced test results show Ohio and Monongalia had high proficiency rates in English language arts and math, while McDowell County ranked last in both subjects.

The state Department of Education released county-by-county test results last week.

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