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August-14-2015

Money awarded for students to take AP tests
By Megan Kennedy, Staff Writer , Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia students taking Advanced Placement courses can now get help paying for the tests from the federal government.

The U.S. Department of Education announced on Wednesday that it has awarded $79,443 to West Virginia to give to students who cannot afford the final AP tests at their schools. Other recipients of the money include 37 other states, the...

August-13-2015

Math scores called ‘unacceptable’ by union leader
By Jeff Jenkins, MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia students spent four hours less on average than students in other states who took the Smarter Balanced assessment test.

One leading education official believes there’s an explanation for the difference.

“Many students didn’t take this test seriously,” West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee said on...

August-13-2015

50 teacher vacancies in Raleigh County as school year begins
By Jeff Jenkins , MetroNews

BECKLEY, W.Va. — Raleigh County schools will begin the school year Thursday with 50 teacher vacancies, something county school board president Rick Snuffer describes as “a crisis.”

The county has been hit with a combination of teacher retirements and fewer teachers graduating from colleges and universities. It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who has been listening,...

August-13-2015

Majority of W.Va. students miss mark on new Common-Core aligned test
By Ryan Quinn, Staff writer

Of West Virginia students in elementary, middle and high schools, only fifth graders tested proficient in either math or English/language arts on the state’s new Common Core-aligned standardized test last school year, according to preliminary results released Wednesday.

Those students barely managed an overall proficiency rate in English/language arts, with 51...

August-12-2015

State students getting better in English, struggles continue in Math, Science
By Matt Maccaro , WV Metronews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Preliminary results from new standardized testing of West Virginia public school students show that English/Language Arts (ELA) scores are slightly higher than expected, but mathematics scores are significantly lower. 

The results of the West Virginia Statewide Assessment were released at the state Board of Education meeting...

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