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State Board of Education makes changes to science test administration
By WVEA Communications staff

The general science assessment that has been administered in grade 4 will be administered to fifth-grade students this spring, and the science assessment previously administered in grade 6 will be given to eighth graders in the spring. Students in 10th grade will continue to take the high school general science assessment in that grade.

The state Board of...


Democratic candidate for auditor wants biweekly pay survey
By Eric Eyre, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

If elected, the Democratic candidate for West Virginia auditor said Tuesday she would commission a survey of state employees about the state’s ongoing switch to a new payroll system.

After a change to a 26-week pay-period system, most state workers receive their paychecks every two weeks instead of twice a month. Many employees have grumbled they’re being...


State board to take up Martirano resignation
By WV MetroNews staff

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Board of Education meets in regular session Wednesday afternoon and will take up the resignation letter of state School Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano.

Martirano announced last month that he’ll serve through next June and then take a job closer to his children in Maryland. Martirano’s wife died earlier this year and he’s said he needs to be...


Report: Large portions of families' income needed to pay for W.Va. higher education
By Bill Frye Register-Herald Reporter

A new report compiled by the Southern Regional Education Board details how much the Mountain State’s higher education costs affect the state’s families.

The report was commissioned by the SREB through the Higher Education Policy Institute to detail data and trends to assist state policymakers in “assessing the dimensions of the...


Kiss to recommend spending cuts to Tomblin; revenues down $80 million
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

State Revenue Secretary Bob Kiss said Tuesday his office will be making recommendations to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin in the next few weeks on how to cut the current state budget after the latest revenue collections missed estimates.

September tax collections fell short by $32.2 million putting the state behind $81.2 million after the first three months of the...