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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...


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...


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...


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....


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...