WVEA seeks to keep you apprised of policies the West Virginia Board of Education has on public comment. Your ability to provide the students in your classroom with the best education possible is impacted by the policies passed by the West Virginia Board of Education. We urge you to read the synopsis of proposed policy revisions listed below and respond to the WVDE with your comments.
All policies currently on comment until 4 p.m. on Nov. 10, 2014:
Policy 3233 -- Establishment and Operation of RESAs
The Legislature established regional education service agencies in 1972 at W.Va. Code 18-2-26 "to provide high quality, cost effective education programs and services to students, schools and school systems." The Legislature charged the West Virginia Board of Education with establishing multi-county regional education service agencies and promulgating by rule the corresponding policy. The new policy language seeks to provide a uniform governance structure for the agencies through strengthened role of the regional council for the purpose of "advising and assisting the executive director in carrying out his or her duties." No other policies are affected by the proposed changes.
Repeal and replacement of Policy 3233 is recommended to clarify the composition of each regional education service agency ("RESA"), to strengthen the governance and administration of each RESA, and to enhance the role of each RESA regional council. Further, the revisions clarify the role of the West Virginia Board of Education as the supervising entity. All sections of Policy 3233 are presented for comment, and section organization is modified. Specific changes include:
| 126-72-2 changed from "Establishment" to "Establishment, Powers and Duties"
| 126-72-2 outlines number and composition of each RESA, and provides mechanisms to realign or modify member counties to ensure delivery of equitable, efficient and high-quality standards of service to county school systems.
| 126-72-3 strengthens the role of the regional council in hiring and evaluating executive directors, and affirms the requirement of standard operating procedures.
The proposed changes enhance the supervisory powers of the West Virginia Board of Education and limit the supervision responsibilities of the West Virginia Department of Education. The increased role of the regional councils may change the dynamic of their work with executive directors. Ultimately, those at the local level will be able to promote leadership and services to best suit their geographic area.
PDF of the Policy
Link to WVDE comment site
Policy 2520.3C -- Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives for Science in West Virginia Schools
The West Virginia Board of Education has the responsibility for establishing high quality standards pertaining to all educational standards pertaing to all education programs (W.Va. Code 18-9A-22). The content standards and objectives provide a focus for teachers to teach and students to learn those skills and competencies essential for future success in the workplace and further education. Policy 2520.3C: Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives for Science in West Virginia Schools defines the content standards and objectives for science as required by W.Va. 126CSR42 (Policy 2510). The Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives for Science in West Virginia Schools are researched and relevant goals written for West Virginia students to understand, be scientifically liiterate, and meet the challenges of the 21st Century.
Repeal West Virginia Board of Education Policy 2520.35 "21st Century Science 9-12 Content Standards and Objectives for West Virginia Schools and Policy 2520.3 "21st Century Science K-8 Content Standards and Objectives for West Virginia Schools. Adopt the Policy 2520.3C Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives for Science in West Virginia Schools effective July 1, 2016, so the instructional materials adoption process may begin, but delay implementation so professional development may occur, instructional materials may be adopted, and the state assessments may be prepared.
The proposed repeal of West Virginia Board of Education Policy 2520.35 "21st Century Science 9-12 Content Standards and Objectives for West Virginia Schools and Policy 2520.3 "21st Century Science K-8 Content Standards and Objectives for West Virginia Schools will allow for the full implementation of Policy 2520.3C, Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives for Science in West Virginia Schools.
PDF of the Policy
Link to WVDE comment site
Policy 1471 -- Education in West Virginia's Correctional Institutions: Mission and Goals
The Education of Children in Out-of-Home Care Advisory Committee has discussed over the last year that some students who transfer to the 55 county school districts from institutional placements are automatically placed in alternative educational settings within county school districts. The committee believes that alternative education may be appropriate for some students, but no student should be placed in an education program solely based upon their status as a student returning from an institutional setting. As there is WVDE representation on this committee, the Office of Institutional Education Programs (OIEP) believes that if a reporting system was developed and established in WVBE policy, the committee could measure how accurately how many transferring out-of-home students were being placed in alternative educational settings versus regular educational settings.
The policy was placed on public comment on May 16, 2014 and came down on June 16, 2014. One comment was made and accepted. This resulted in a substantive change and the policy was placed on comment a second time on July 11, 2014 and came down on August 11, 2014. No additional comments were made to section 5.2. However, it was noted in section 2.3 that the special education language was dated and needed updated to agree with W.Va. 126CSR16, WVBE Policy 2419, Regulations for the Education of Students with Exceptionalities (2419). Even though this section was not on comment, language that contradicts a substantial public policy has to be corrected. This comment was accepted as language was added to correct the old language.
During this review period, it was discovered that the editorial changes to the policy during the first comment period did not get into the policy during the second comment period due to a version control issue. All editorial changes and content changes have been made and placed into the policy before the board this month. Because of this version control issue and the special education language added to section 2.3, permission is being sought to remove the current version of the policy, replace it with the edited version before the board, and place the edited version on comment for 30 days.
Revisions to Policy 1471 are being recommended to add a requirement for all 55 county school districts to compile and send a report on a bi-annual basis to the WVDE via the Office of Institutional Education Programs indicating the number of students who transferred back to each county school district from an institutional setting and what type of educational placement they transferred to within the county. Also, several editorial revisions were made, including all General Education Development (GED) references deleted and changed to High School Equivalency (HSE).
In addition, Section 2.3 was amended to agree with W.Va. 126CSR16, WVBE Policy 2419, Regulations for the Education of Students with Exceptionalities (2419).
This report will validate how many counties are placing students in alternative education settings versus regular education settings. The WVDE and OIEP can then offer technical assistance to counties that place students in alternative education programs solely based upon their status as a student returning from an institutional setting.
PDF of the Policy
Link to WVDE comment site
The following WV Board of Education (WVBE) policies are listed for your convenience. All WVBE policies are posted on the WVDE's Website at http://wvde.state.wv.us/policies.
Policy 2340 -- Statewide Assessment Program
Policy 2419 -- Education of Exceptional Students
Policy 2421 -- Harassment
Policy 2422.8 -- Medication Administration
Policy 2460 -- Use of the Internet by Students and Educators
Policy 2470 – Use of Technology by Students and Educators
Policy 2510 – Assuring Quality Education
Policy 2515 – Uniform Grading
Policy 2520.1-2520.15 – Instructional Goals and Objectives
Policy 4110 – Attendance
Policy 4360 – Collection, Maintenance, Disclosure of Student Data
Policy 4373 – Student Code of Conduct
Policy 5202 – Licensure of Professional/Paraprofessional Personnel
Policy 5310 – Performance Evaluation of School Personnel
Policy 5902 – Employee Code of Conduct
Policy 6202 – Indoor Air Quality
If you have questions regarding any of the WVBE's policies, contact Davin White, WVEA Communications and Instructional Issues Specialist, by phone at 1.800.642.8261 ext. 116 or by email at: email@example.com.