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April 30, 2015

Nine West Virginia School Districts Flagged By State For Support

November 16, 2020

The West Virginia Department of Education has marked nine school districts as needing assistance in the areas of finance, special education, and Pre-K readiness after an accountability report was completed ahead of a recent Board of Education meeting. State education officials noted that the nine...

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– Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes (to West Virginia’s ESSA Plan)

January 12, 2018

According to West Virginia MetroNews’ Brad McElhinny, West Virginia’s final ESSA plan—recently approved by the U.S. Education Department—included several changes based on feedback from the federal agency, including how much weight the state “gives to different areas of its academic accountability system,” whether or not...

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West Virginia Updates ESSA Plan…But Won’t Tell the Public Exactly How

January 6, 2018

According to the Charleston Gazette-Mail, West Virginia revised its ESSA plan in response to questions posed by the federal Department, “but the state isn’t revealing the changes.” A spokeswoman for the agency also declined to provide specifics of the revisions until the Department approves the...

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Feds Sending West Virginia Back to the Drawing Board

December 28, 2017

The Dept. of Education is also “sending West Virginia back to the drawing board” on the state’s ESSA plan regarding “how much weight West Virginia gives to different areas of its academic accountability system, whether West Virginia is holding its counties accountable for English-language proficiency...

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MN, NY, VA and WV Also Receive Fed. Feedback

December 20, 2017

Politico’s Morning Education reports that Minnesota, New York, Virginia and West Virginia also received federal feedback this week.

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State Drops Minority Graduation Rate Accountability Provision

November 29, 2017

West Virginia has “cut a proposed accountability provision regarding minority students’ graduation rates” from its ESSA plan.” The State Department of Education removed the words “and any subgroup of students” from the end of the following statement: “we propose to identify for comprehensive support and...

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State Plan Submissions and Drafts

October 17, 2017

Approved State Plans Alabama: Final Plan Approved (5/7/18) Alaska: Final Plan Approved (5/16/18) Arizona: Final Plan Approved (9/6/17) Arkansas: Final Plan Approved (1/16/18) Colorado: Final Plan Approved (5/7/18) Connecticut: Final Plan Approved (8/15/17) Delaware: Final Plan Approved (8/2/17) District of Columbia: Final Plan Approved (8/28/17) Georgia:...

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WV Submits ESSA Plan to Dept. of Ed

September 11, 2017

West Virginia submitted its ESSA plan to the U.S. Department of Education on Monday, ahead of schedule. “I am extremely proud of the extraordinary amount of work put into developing this plan and for the valuable input we received from various stakeholders including teachers, parents,...

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WV ESSA Plan Receives Stakeholder Feedback Ahead of Scheduled Submission

August 26, 2017

West Virginia’s proposed ESSA plan, “is seeing significant changes and public praise and criticism ahead of its scheduled submission to the U.S. Education Department next month.”

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WV Proposes Changes to Public School’s Attendance Rates

August 12, 2017

Under ESSA, the West Virginia Dept. of Education proposed “making out-of-school suspensions, other than those resulting from the highest level of student offenses, count against public schools’ attendance rates.” Commentary on the proposed change will be accepted until August 30.

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WV’s Draft ESSA Plan Available for Public Comment

August 1, 2017

West Virginia’s draft ESSA plan is now available online for review and public comment until Aug. 30.

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WV Releases Final Draft ESSA Plan

July 27, 2017

At a public forum, the West Virginia Dept. of Education released the state’s final draft ESSA plan. Kristin Anderson, communications director for the state agency, said the department  “felt it was important to provide time for the general public to come ask us questions and...

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WV Stakeholders Discuss State’s ESSA Plan

July 21, 2017

Education stakeholders in West Virginia gathered on July 20 to discuss the state’s ESSA plan at a public forum in Fairmont. Several questions and discussions focused on “sociological particulars of life Appalachia.”

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WV Dept. of Ed Hosts Series of Stakeholder Meetings on Draft ESSA Plan

July 16, 2017

The West Virginia Department of Education is hosting a series of stakeholder meetings to gather feedback on the state’s draft ESSA plan. The next meeting will be held on July 20 at 5:30 p.m. at East Fairmont High School.

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WV Dept. of Ed Launches Online ESSA Survey

July 5, 2017

West Virginia Dept. of Education launched an online survey to gather input on the state’s ESSA plan. The next public meetings will take place on July 17 in Glen Dale and July 20 in Fairmont.

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WV Board of Ed Considers New Accountability System

June 16, 2017

The West Virginia Board of Education released a new plan, and is considering a new accountability system under ESSA that wouldn’t give schools a summative rating. State Dept. of Education leaders presented a new plan to the Board “that includes various school measurements” but noted...

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WV Dept. of Ed Announces State’s ESSA Plan

June 10, 2017

The West Virginia Dept. of Education announced that the state’s ESSA plan will be available in July for public comment. According to Kristin Anderson, the department’s communications director, the state will host a series of public forums for stakeholders to provide feedback on the plan.

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WV Dept. of Ed to Announce Series of Webinars

May 2, 2017

The West Virginia Dept. of Education will announce a series of webinars and forums for public feedback on the state’s ESSA plan. A draft of the plan will be available online in July

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Education Alliance Launches Assessment Survey

August 9, 2016

The Education Alliance launched an assessment survey to gather stakeholder input. Survey responses are due August 15th.

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Education Alliance Discusses Landscape of Student Testing in WV

August 9, 2016

The Education Alliance, advocates for improved public school student achievement in West Virginia, is hosting a dinner on August 22nd with education leader Gene Wilhoit to discuss the landscape of student testing in 2016.

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Releases State ESSA Primers

May 16, 2016

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s primers include individual state by state accountability system fact sheets, which detail each state’s current accountability system, what could change under ESSA, and what to be asking state leaders. See details about your state here.

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