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Opting in, opting out: Schools begin Smarter Balanced assessment tests
By Erin Timony, The State Journal

When Spring Valley High School junior Carri Pertee's parents submitted an opt-out form to exempt her from taking the West Virginia General Summative Assessment about a month ago, it was a quiet decision with no argument from the school.

However, word slowly spread among parents and students that opting out of the test was possible. More students began...


Forecaster says 2016 governor's race 'leans Republican'
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – More than a year ahead of West Virginia’s primary election, a political prognosticator from the University of Virginia is classifying the 2016 race for governor as “leans Republican.”

The status was “toss-up” last week before U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) declined to enter the race.

Kyle Kondik, managing editor for Larry Sabato’s Crystal...


Social studies important part of education
The following is a letter to the editor published in the Charleston Gazette from former WVBE member Pricilla Haden.


The West Virginia State Board of Education recently approved a plan to eliminate Social Studies standardized testing in all grades.

I do recognize the need for less testing. However, the West Virginia Golden Horseshoe test that is exempt from the ban on testing could be given...


Wetzel Board Interviews A Superintendent Candidate
By Amy Witschey - Editor  Wetzel Chronicle

The Wetzel County Board of Education did not make a motion for or against hiring a woman they interviewed for the superintendent's position that evening.

The board held a 15-minute executive session after an approximately one hour open interview of Tammy Ignacio....


WV Schools for the Deaf and Blind superintendent to retire
By Marla Pisciotta, For The State Journal

Lynn Boyer, superintendent of the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind since July 2011, told the school's Board of Advisers April 21 she would be retiring June 30.

“I offer my thanks to you and the West Virginia Board of Education for the extraordinary opportunity to lead this campus through four years of change and innovation," Boyer wrote in...