September 2017

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September 1, 2017

Panel: Hands-on training, more tech focus needed to prepare students
Max Garland, Charleston Gazette-Mail

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — West Virginia education leaders said Thursday preparing students for the workforce through hands-on training, particularly for in-demand jobs in the technology and engineering sectors, and more Department of Commerce involvement is key for the state to catch up with the rest of the country.

“Being 47th, 48th or whatever it is...

September 5, 2017

WV school board appealing Nicholas school consolidation order
Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia Board of Education and State Schools Superintendent Steve Paine on Thursday filed a notice of appeal to contest a judge’s order that the state school board approve a Nicholas County public school consolidation plan.

The state board had denied the Nicholas Board of Education’s plan to consolidate schools in Richwood, Craigsville and Summersville into a...

September 5, 2017

Jury sides with GW principal, Kanawha board in defamation case
Lacie Pierson , Charleston Gazette-Mail

A 6-person jury determined Friday that a George Washington High School counselor didn’t suffer any damage to her reputation or privacy in a series of incidents stemming from the sexual assault of a student during the 2014-15 school year.

It took members of the jury about 40 minutes to determine GW Principal George Aulenbacher sent an email in March 2015...

September 5, 2017

Ohio, Monongalia lead the way in Smarter Balanced test results
By Carrie Hodousek, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The 2016-2017 Smarter Balanced test results show Ohio and Monongalia had high proficiency rates in English language arts and math, while McDowell County ranked last in both subjects.

The state Department of Education released county-by-county test results last week.


September 11, 2017

Justice set to sign Every Student Succeeds Act plan
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice could sign-off on the state’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) as early as Monday following passage of the plan back on Friday by the state Board of Education.

Under the federally mandated ESSA program, every state must outline the foundational pieces of its public education system, said state Department of Education spokeswoman Kristin...

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...

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 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 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 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 19, 2017

Jefferson County teacher named W.Va. Teacher of the Year
By Alex Thomas, WV MetroNews

The West Virginia Department of Education announced Katlin Thorsell as the 2018 West Virginia Teacher of Year during a ceremony Monday at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences.

Thorsell, 28, is in her fifth year of teaching Agriculture Education at Washington High School in Charles Town, where she also serves as National FFA Organization advisor.

She described...

September 19, 2017

Capital High closed for the week after high mold, C02 levels found
Ryan Quinn,  Charleston Gazette-Mail

Capital High will be closed the rest of the week after test results, received Monday, showed high levels of mold and carbon dioxide in a little less than a third of the school, said Kanawha County public schools Communications Director Briana Warner.

Warner said the goal is to reopen the school Monday, following cleaning from...