WVDE State Board of Education Recommends Repeal of Common Core Standards

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After a lot of debate in Charleston about the proposed Common Core Standards for educators in West Virginia, the decision has finally come down, and that is to repeal the Common Core Standards, and replace them with something else.

The West Virginia Department of Education has recommended to repeal and replace the current Kindergarten through 12th Grade academic standards known as the “Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives” during a State Board of Education Meeting on Friday. This recommendation was made based on finding which we’re presented by West Virginia University following the Academic Spotlight community review of these standards was completed, which included input from more than 5,000 individuals who participated. 

An online platform for residents across the state to review the current academic standards in English/Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics was held from July through September on how people think that these standards could be improved upon. 

West Virginia State Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Michael Martirano recommended to repeal the current standards and introduced a new set of standards known as “West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards.” The proposed new standards reflect feedback received through the Academic Spotlight process and are based on a rigorous, challenging and focused foundation.

In addition to changes to specific standards, one major recommendation will result in more flexibility and autonomy for teachers. Based on feedback received throughout the Academic Spotlight process, WVDE recommends affording more local control to districts regarding choice of curriculum and instructional materials. Instead of setting a list of approved instructional materials, it is recommended to set criteria for resources and allowing districts to select instructional materials that meet that criteria. This recommendation will give teachers the flexibility to select high quality instructional materials tailored to individual student needs.

Highlights among the numerous recommended changes include:

  • Simplify the presentation of standards for teachers and parents
  • Increase prevalence of problem-solving skills with a connection to college, careers and life-needed skills
  • Align standards for more grade level appropriateness for all standards at all grade levels
  • Include clarifying examples within each standard to make them more relevant to learning
  • Include an introduction of foundational skills in ELA and mathematics to ensure mastery of content in future grade levels
  • Include handwriting in grades K-4, and explicit mention of cursive writing instruction in grades 2-3
  • Include an explicit mention for students to learn multiplication (times) tables by the end of grade 3
  • Add standards specific to Calculus with the expectation of Calculus being available to all students

The State Board of Education voted unanimously to place the proposed new policies on public comment for 30 days and it is anticipated that action will be taken on these new policies and standards during the December Meeting of the State Board of Education.

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