Teacher evaluation mandate halted, naloxone policy OK'd
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail
The West Virginia Board of Education, in voice votes with no nays heard, approved this week a policy waiver that again stops the mandate that 15 percent of annual evaluations for math and English language arts teachers be based on their students' improvement in standardized test scores over last school year.
The state school board also OK'd a policy change that allows schools to stock naloxone, a drug that can save people from overdoses on heroin and other opioids.
Michele Blatt, the state Department of Education's chief accountability officer, said that since President Barack Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act in December the federal government no longer will require the state to ever move forward with basing 15 percent of evaluations off students' improvement in end-of-year standardized test scores.