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Welcome to the West Virginia Academic Spotlight: A community evaluation of our standards

Thank you for your willingness to participate in West Virginia’s community evaluation of our academic standards, and for sharing our deep commitment to student learning and achievement.

How We Got Here

West Virginia’s English Language Arts and Mathematics Content Standards and Objectives (CSOs) set grade-specific goals which define what all students are expected to know and be able to do by the end of a given grade or course. West Virginia’s CSOs were adopted by the West Virginia Board of Education in 2011. As required by law, prior to adopting these CSOs, the Board of Education provided the opportunity for the public to submit feedback on these CSOs through a public comment process. Following the public comment process, the Board of Education adopted the CSOs as the West Virginia Next Generation CSOs. Following adoption, the CSOs were phased in across the state from 2011 through 2014; as of the 2014-2015 school year, Next Generation CSOs have been implemented in all grade levels. Over 600 teachers and administrators in West Virginia worked to develop, review, and implement West Virginia’s CSOs to assure that our students are prepared for college and/or careers.

What We Are Asking

Now that the CSOs have been implemented in all of our West Virginia classrooms, we are encouraging state residents to share their feedback on specific CSOs through a public comment review process. The primary objectives of this community review are to:

  1. Increase awareness and understanding of the state CSOs in the areas of English Language Arts and Mathematics
  2. Solicit actionable feedback on the CSOs as they relate to what K-12 students should know at the completion of each grade level or course

In order to assure we are best able to use your feedback, we have provided you the opportunity to react to specific CSOs by using the pages below. Please understand that only the comments directed at specific standards will be considered. The West Virginia Academic Spotlight website will remain open until September 30, 2015 to give those who are interested ample opportunity to provide thoughtful responses.

How The Feedback Will Be Used

A diverse group of stakeholders, facilitated by subject-matter experts from West Virginia University and other entities, will review all comments received about specific CSOs. The team will then make recommendations on any changes to the Board of Education for its consideration in winter 2015.

More information about the West Virginia Academic Spotlight project and West Virginia’s CSOs, the Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives, may be found here.

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The English Language Arts and Mathematics Content Standards and Objectives (CSOs) in this application are arranged by subject and grade level. To review a CSO, click the plus sign beside the CSO to see more detailed information. You may respond to CSOs that have the Icon: Thumbs Up - I agree with the standard as written and the Icon: Thumbs Down - I disagree with the standard as written. To find particular CSOs to review, you may also search for a particular word or concept in the search bar.

In your evaluation of each CSO, you will have four options:

  1. I agree with the standard as written.
  2. The Standard should be broken up into several, more specific Standards. Feedback required
  3. The Standard should be in a different grade. Feedback required
  4. The Standard should be rewritten. Feedback required

If you agree with the CSO as written click the Icon: Thumbs Up - I agree with the standard as written Thumbs Up Icon; if you want to see a CSO moved to a different grade, rewritten or discarded, click the Icon: Thumbs Down - I disagree with the standard as written Thumbs Down Icon and provide your suggestions.

If you believe a new CSO needs to be created type NEW STANDARD: and then your suggestion in the text box for the current CSO that is most closely related.

You can review as many or as few CSOs as you like from now until the website closes on September 30, 2015. Please remember that once feedback on a CSO is submitted, you cannot go back and revise or re-submit feedback for that particular CSO.

As you may know, the West Virginia Board of Education has allowed counties the flexibility to structure certain math courses using one of two pathways: a traditional pathway (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II) or an integrated pathway (Math I, Math II, Math III). All three courses in both pathways include the same content CSOs. At the conclusion of the three courses, students in the traditional pathway will study the same content as students in the integrated pathway. The difference in the two pathways is how the CSOs are organized into the three courses. You will have the opportunity to evaluate the CSOs in either pathway.

If you have any questions about the Math course pathways, or the English Language Arts or Mathematics CSOs in general, please visit the Academic Spotlight information page or send your question to WVAcademicSpotlight@wvde.state.wv.us.

You may leave and come back to the Academic Spotlight evaluation at any time between now and September 30, 2015, but you will only be able to submit suggestions on a particular CSO once per electronic device.

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