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April-11-2014

By Garrett Cullen
WV MetroNews

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Many coaches are in favor, others not so much – that’s been the initial response to this week’s vote by the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission to expand the summer practice session to all but one week on the summer months.

The rule, which still has to be approved by the state board of education, would go into effect for the 2015-2016 school year. Part of the intent of the change would give coaches at...

April-11-2014

By John Raby 
The Associated Press

CHARLESTON — James Phares looked forward to the challenge and opportunity to help make a difference in a state education system under fire when he was hired in late 2012 as West Virginia’s schools superintendent.

After 18 months, Phares will be stepping down on June 30 — which he said was set long ago as the day at age 61 that he’d walk with his wife into retirement.

“I told them what my parameters were,” Phares said in an...

April-11-2014

By Garrett Cullen
WV MetroNews

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Many coaches are in favor, others not so much – that’s been the initial response to this week’s vote by the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission to expand the summer practice session to all but one week on the summer months.

The rule, which still has to be approved by the state board of education, would go into effect for the 2015-2016 school year. Part of the intent of the change would give coaches at...

April-10-2014

By Jennifer Smith 
WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jim Phares said he’s looking at the state Secondary Schools Activities Commission’s proposal to expand summer athletic practices from several different viewpoints.

“I’m not going to answer it just as a state superintendent but also as a former teacher, a former coach, former high school principal and a former local superintendent,” he told MetroNews Thursday during a break in the state...

April-10-2014

Charleston Daily Mail (editorial)
In a few weeks, students at public schools across the state will begin standardized testing. Assessments such as WESTEST have become a rite of spring for students in certain grades. Next year, WESTEST2 will be replaced with the Smarter Balanced Assessment.

Yet there are many more. At some point in their school career, students are likely to face the NAEP, TSAT, ACT Plan, ACT Explore, Compass and more standardized tests to measure various things...

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