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Education audits will affect grades of WV schools
By Ryan Quinn, Education Reporter, Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia Department of Education will use standardized testing data to calculate grades for schools under the state’s upcoming annual rating system, but Susan O’Brien’s office has the right to suggest lower marks.

O’Brien is executive director of the Office of Education Performance Audits — an agency separate from the Education Department...


Audit: W.Va. Dept. of Education underfunded districts by $30M
By Ryan Quinn, Education Reporter, Charleston Gazette-Mail

A new audit says the West Virginia Department of Education has been miscalculating school district appropriations for the past seven years, underfunding 36 districts by a total of $51.7 million and overfunding 19 by $21.6 million during that time frame.

That means districts statewide were underfunded a net $30.1 million due to the...


MetroNews West Virginia Poll shows Common Core faces uphill battle

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The MetroNews West Virginia Poll shows many state residents have heard of Common Core and most don’t like what they’ve heard.

Fifty-three percent of those questioned recently said they’ve either heard a great deal or a fair amount about the controversial teaching standards. Thirty percent of those questioned had heard very little about Common Core while 17 percent had either...


Common Core town hall meetings lack specific grievances, officials say
By Samuel Speciale, Charleston Gazette-Mail
Through three town hall meetings where members of the public could air their grievances with Common Core, criticism of West Virginia’s controversial math and English standards has so far only dealt in generalities.

The West Virginia Department of Education, which currently is facilitating a comprehensive review of its Common Core-...


Teacher equity plans approved for 16 states
By Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - To ensure all students, regardless of race, ethnicity or economic background, get equal access to the best teachers, Kentucky plans to enhance mentoring for new teachers. Massachusetts will seek to raise standards for teacher education programs, and Rhode Island and Nevada are looking at financial incentives to attract and retain teachers.

The four are...