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WVEA president: Right decision made regarding test scores on evaluations
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The president of the West Virginia Education Association is applauding a recent decision from the state Board of Education that will keep student standardized test results from being used in evaluations of the Mountain State’s teachers.

“The standardized test is a single snapshot. It’s a one day snapshot of what that student is...


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...


Poling looks forward to working with her fellow teachers
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Toni Poling says her husband Eric made a deal with her upon learning she’d been nominated for the 2017 West Virginia Teacher of the Year award, when the Fairmont Senior High English teacher wasn’t sure whether to go on the interview.

“He said ‘yes, you should go.’ And if you win, I’m going to have a T-shirt made that says ‘I’m married to the West...


State school board approves Fayette plan
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Board of Education approved major changes in the facilities plan for the Fayette County school system Wednesday, putting the county on the path toward closures and consolidations.

The approval puts the county in prime position to receive funding from the state School Building Authority to begin implementing the plan.

“Throughout this nine-month...


Toni Poling, Fairmont Senior English teacher and WVEA member, named WV Teacher of the Year
By WVEA Communications Staff

Congratulations to WVEA member Toni Poling, who was named the 2017 West Virginia Teacher of the Year at an awards banquet this evening in Charleston!

| Poling has taught 11th- and 12th-grade English at Fairmont Senior High School for 10 years. Poling, whose dedication to teaching began when she helped her father overcome a reading...