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Martirano: Schools dealing with shortage of math teachers
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Mountain State has a significant shortage of math teachers, according to State Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano.

Martirano said on MetroNews “Talkline” last week that the state wants only the best math teachers to teach in a specific way.

“We are having higher standards; there’s an expectation of how we teach math to be more focused...


Martirano believes test results should be tied to Promise Scholarship, college entrance
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

State School Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano wants to “begin the conversation” to link standardized test results to the Promise Scholarship and college entrance, he said Thursday on MetroNews “Talkline.”

Martirano wants to incentivize middle school and high school students to spend more time on the Smarter Balanced assessment. The ‘...


WV scores rise on Smarter Balanced, which state will continue to use
Ryan Quinn , Charleston Gazette-Mail

Statewide proficiency rates on the annual end-of-year standardized tests for West Virginia public elementary, middle and high school students increased from the 2014-15 school year to last school year in nearly every tested grade on all tested subjects, according to preliminary data.

But even with the proficiency rate increases, the fact remained that...


Kanawha circuit judge issues preliminary injunction on Right to Work
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

Kanawha County Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey issued a preliminary injunction Wednesday blocking the state’s new right to work law.

West Virginia became the 26th right to work state in the U.S. on July 1 after its passage in the 2016 Regular Legislative Session. The AFL-CIO and 10 other unions sought the injunction claiming it amounted to stealing property....


West Virginia students make modest improvement on standardized testing
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

West Virginia students made a minor improvement in 2016 Smarter Balanced Assessment testing, according to preliminary data released Wednesday by the state Department of Education.

The data showed that math proficiency improved from last year’s 26 percent to 30 percent while English-language arts scores improved from 45 percent in 2015 to 47 percent.