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.
Currently on comment until 4 p.m. on March 17, 2014:
Policy 2510 - Quality of Education
Policy 2510: Assuring the Quality of Education: Regulations for Education Programs establishes expectations and regulations for the education programs designed to prepare students for success. The West Virginia Board of Education has adopted new West Virginia Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives that include literacy across all content areas. Legislative action regarding college- and career-readiness, as well as numerous changes to many state Department of Education policies, makes necessary the repeal and replacement of Policy 2510 to reflect these changes.
Following an initial 30-day public comment period, the repeal and replace version of Policy 2510: Assuring the Quality of Education: Regulations for Education Programs was reviewed and accepted by the state Board of Education on Feb. 12, 2014, with minor language changes, represented by strikethrough and underlined type. An additional 30-day public comment period has been afforded to accept any input on changes to sections 126-42-5, Program definition and Design, and 126-42-13, Glossary only as indicated in the strikethrough and underline type.
Prior to the Feb. 12 state Board of Education meeting, the WVEA argued successfully that the term “Work Day” must be included in Policy 2510 and defined in its Glossary. “Work Day” is defined in the proposed Policy 2510 changes as: “Time allocated for the instructional day and other activities such as homeroom, class changes, lunch, planning periods, and staff development that may not exceed eight clock hours.”
The definition of “Work Day” had been inadvertently omitted from the Glossary when language changes were made in December and January.
The proposed repeal and replacement allows for more flexibility in the design and implementation of education programs at both the district and school level. The changes will also eliminate repetition in policy and provide local districts with consistent guidance. The proposed language changes are minor in nature with no real impact on the delivery of educational programming.
PDF of the Policy
Link to WVDE comment site
Policy 2315 – School Counseling
Policy 2315 was last revised in 2002. Since then there have been major policy changes that impact school counseling programs and the role of a school counselor, which requires numerous policy changes. Therefore, the 2002 policy is being repealed and replaced. Major changes in West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) Policy 4373: Expected Behavior in Safe and Supportive Schools and Policy 2510: Assuring the Quality of Education: Regulations for Education Programs impact school counseling programs. WVBE Policy 5100: Approval of Educational Personnel Preparation Programs was revised in 2010 to set forth School Counselor Performance Standards and define the role of school counselors. In 2012, WVBE Policy 5310: Performance Evaluation of School Personnel, created a new evaluation system holding counselors accountable for implementing these standards. Also in 2012, a West Virginia School Counseling Model was developed to assist counselors in operationalizing the standards. Since these new guiding documents outline the role of the school counselor, WVBE Policy 2315 shifts the focus to defining components of evidence-based school counseling programs and articulating expected student outcomes. Policy 2315 repeals the School Counseling Student Standards and presents the new West Virginia Student Success Standards (WVSSS) and outlines an integrated approach among stakeholders to support attainment of these standards for all PK-12 students.
An overview of revisions is provided below for each section of the policy:
| Section 2 describes the purpose of the policy, which is to define the components of Comprehensive School Counseling Programs (CSCPs), set forth the WVSSS, and to define staff responsibilities.
| Section 3 describes Comprehensive School Counseling Programs as multi-tiered, prevention-based, standards-focused, and data-driven programs that are integral to each student’s educational experience through four distinct delivery systems. Comprehensive School Counseling Programs are designed and delivered through enhanced collaboration, as opposed to the previous model that often resulted in school counselors working in isolation from other staff.
| Section 4 outlines the responsibilities of the county board of education in ensuring all CSCPs are aligned with this policy and that school counselor practices are aligned with specified policies.
| Section 5 defines the components of the school counseling program.
| Section 6 provides state counselor qualifications, an overarching statement related to counselor use of time, removes the chart recommending percent of time spent in each delivery system and describes monitoring responsibilities of county boards of education.
| Section 7 describes each stakeholder’s responsibility (WVDE, RESAs, Center for Professional Development, and county boards of education) for policy revisions and implementation.
| Section 8 repeals the previous School Counseling Program Standards and incorporates the new West Virginia Student Success Standards (WVSSS).
| Section 9 presents the WVSSS that are inclusive of the American School Counseling Association School Counseling Program Student Standards and other career- and college-readiness standards identified in the literature as essential to ensuring students are career- and college-ready and describes programmatic levels by which developmental objectives are presented.
| Section 10 is the glossary which presents definitions of school counseling terms, many of which were not defined in the previous policy, including such terms as the Annual CSCP Plan, Confidentiality, Crisis Response, Early Identification, Equity and Access, Ethical Standards, FERPA, Global Citizenship, Informed Consent, and so forth. The glossary provides clarification for some previous ambiguous, undefined terms related to school counseling and provides updated definitions for previously defined terms.
The proposed revisions align with recent school reform efforts and research that focuses on student outcomes, putting greater emphasis on standards delivery and ensuring that school counseling programs are a collaborative, integral part of every school system in the state. Changes to Policy 2315 will require counties to revise the county school counseling policy to promote alignment of the CSCP with this policy. Alignment with policy changes will require retraining of school counselors, principals and other school staff to support the implementation of school counseling programs and the integration of student success standards in each school. Additionally, counties will need to ensure that counselor practices align with the new school counselor performance standards and the state model since their roles are defined in these documents instead of this policy.
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 Anita Maxwell, WVEA Communications and Instructional Issues by phone at 1.800.642.8261 ext. 116 or by email at email@example.com.