4-11-13 W.Va. Board of Education Seeks Public Input

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Board of Education is seeking comment on policy updates for evaluations of school employees and for issuing high school equivalency diplomas.

Board members voted during their April meeting to place proposed changes to Policy 5310: Performance Evaluation of School Personnel on a 30-day public comment period. The changes repeal and replace current policy language to allow for implementation of the revised educator evaluation system as required by House Bill 4236 adopted in 2012.

The revised educator evaluation system promotes professional growth and development that advances student learning in West Virginia schools; defines and promotes high standards for performance of professional personnel; provides data that indicate the effectiveness of professional personnel, as well as data for educator preparation programs to identify areas of need and guide program improvement; and, establishes county and school evaluation data that serve as a basis for professional development that specifically targets areas identified for professional growth.

The board also is seeking comment on changes to Policy 2444.4, Issuance of the West Virginia High School Equivalency Diploma. Policy revisions are being recommended to allow Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy to become an Option Pathway Program for students ages 16, 17, or 18 to complete their high school equivalency and earn a diploma from their high school of origin. Changes also would allow students age 16 in state correctional or residential facilities to complete the Option Pathway and earn their high school diploma if a long-term education plan is in place.  Additionally, language has been changed to reflect a change in reference of diploma from West Virginia GED Diploma to West Virginia High School Equivalency Diploma.

Educators, parents and community members are encouraged to review the policies and make suggestions. The policies can be viewed and comments can be submitted by logging onto the West Virginia Department of Education website at http://wvde.state.wv.us/policies.

The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) is committed to ensuring all students in the state are college and career ready when they graduate from a public school.

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