CHARLESTON, WV (LOOTPRESS) – The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) accepted a big funding in a particular group improvement challenge for faculties in a single of West Virginia’s most difficult areas at its November assembly in Charleston at the moment. The challenge will implement further Communities In Schools (CIS) assets in faculties serving Charleston’s West Side to supply an expanded service community to fulfill the educational and expanded wants of youngsters.
Based on CIS’ confirmed observe file, college students within the goal space will profit from 4 CIS coordinators whose work shall be centered on Mary C. Snow Elementary, Edgewood Elementary, Grandview Elementary, West Side Middle School and Capital High School. Funding for the challenge in its first 12 months is $380,000.
“Educators are working extremely hard to deliver instruction while students are still recovering from the loss of instruction and mounting trauma,” mentioned State Superintendent David L. Roach. “These resources will be helpful and effective because they will not only address children’s academic needs, but also the necessary social-emotional and developmental recovery. By fully supporting children and providing professionals who build relationships with students and families, we will offer support that was previously unavailable while building on existing structures.”
“Communities In Schools already operates in Kanawha County, but we believe providing another level of service and support in this vulnerable community will help with the challenges facing our education and the wider community,” mentioned WVBE President L. Paul Hardesty. “CIS has an outstanding track record and we know this investment, which allows for targeted school-level support and an increased focus on community partners, will make a difference. We look forward to getting to work and helping those who need it most.”
The WVBE additionally acquired the County Board of Education’s annual report and issued an “approval status” to every County Board of Education. District standing is decided primarily based on two accountability standards. Districts obtain a rating of “Meets Requirements” or “Needs Support” on 11 effectivity indicators of district operational effectiveness. In addition, the West Virginia Balanced Scorecard indicators on the County Balanced Scorecard are utilized to the accountability course of as described in WVBE Guideline 2322: WV system of help and accountability.
This is the primary 12 months that the West Virginia Accountability System (WVAS) has included the West Virginia Balanced Scorecard scholar achievement and scholar success standards for district admission standing. This is because of the prolonged timeframe generated by COVID-19. No scholar assessments got in 2020 and the evaluation outcomes weren’t used for accountability in 2021 however to set a brand new baseline. The Balanced Scorecard, launched in August 2022, is an element of the accountability system and has been in comparison with 2021 scholar assessments and different scholar measures akin to attendance and path to commencement.
For districts with West Virginia Balanced Scorecard scholar achievement and scholar achievement indicators marked as “On-Watch” within the report, this serves as a warning emphasizing the significance of prioritizing these areas domestically. The county is anticipated to diagnose and monitor recognized deficiencies and facilitate enhancements. For the present college 12 months, districts have a possibility to handle the designations and reveal progress. If there isn’t a proof of progress within the following 12 months, the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) will grow to be extra concerned in correcting the deficiencies as outlined within the West Virginia System for Support and Accountability.
Counties which have been recognized as “needing support” for the effectivity indicators are supported by the WVDE in an effort to rectify the deficiencies instantly. Repeated deficiencies in the identical requirements of effectivity might lead to a particular circumstances overview, carried out by the Office of Support and Accountability on the course of the State Superintendent.
“Having reliable baseline information is a critical first step in any improvement process,” mentioned WVBE member Debra Sullivan. “By looking at the facts and being brave enough to ask the tough questions, it is possible to envision and plan for a better future. How are we supposed to know where we are going and then determine the path that will take us there if we don’t know where we are beforehand?”
“These reports are designed to provide a transparent and thorough look into the operation of the county and the assessment of students,” Superintendent Roach mentioned. “We are diligently working with our districts to develop a comprehensive plan for long-term growth in all areas. Although WVDE has begun recovery work during the pandemic, the process requires us to continuously monitor, change and increase our efforts.”
To view the WVAS report, go to the WVDE web site.
The Board additionally heard an replace on latest recognition for West Virginia’s Computer Science (CS) program. According to the 2022 State of Computer Education Report by Code.org and different nationwide organizations, 78% of West Virginia excessive faculties taught pc science by 2021-22, in comparison with the nationwide common of 53%. That places the Mountain State in ninth placeth place total. Additionally, Code.org just lately acknowledged West Virginia for the expansion of younger ladies enrolled in CS programs, as 34% of these enrolled in a CS course within the state are feminine. Nationwide it’s 32%. To be taught extra about these recognitions, learn the press launch revealed on the WVDE web site.
In different WVBE information, board members acquired official 2022 scholar enrollment in West Virginia public faculties of 250,049, barely beneath the 2021-22 determine of 250,899. Public college enrollment developments are listed on the WVDE web site
The subsequent repeatedly scheduled WVBE assembly shall be on Wednesday, December 14, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. at Building 6, Room 600, 1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East, Charleston, West Virginia.