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September-14-2017

Superintendent: failed school bond ‘very unfortunate’ for Ritchie County students
By Brittany Murray, WV Metronews

Officials in Ritchie County are feeling disappointed after the proposed $9.9 million school bond failed to pass Saturday, leaving the Board of Education questioning how to make up gaps in funding.

The unofficial numbers were 981 against and 778 in favor of its passing.

“What a missed opportunity to significantly help...

September-14-2017

State goes with SAT for 11th grade testing
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

The state Department of Education has chosen the SAT as the statewide assessment it will give high school juniors each spring.

The bid from the The College Board, which administers the SAT, won out over a bid from the ACT, Department of Education Executive Director of Communications Kristin Anderson said.

“We’re going to have access to more resources at a lower cost,” Anderson...

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...

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