West Virginia Department of Education

Education
2:06 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Mercer County Principal Receives Distinguished Milken Award

Michael Martirano, superintendent of West Virginia schools and Dr. Jane Foley, senior vice president of the Milken Educator Awards, presented the award to Dr. Ernie Adkins, principal of Princeton Primary.
Credit Bill Archer / Bluefield Daily Telegraph

  A principal in Mercer County has been honored as one of the nation's top educators.

Princeton Primary School Principal Ernie Adkins received a $25,000 Milken Educator Award from the Milken Family Foundation on Thursday.

The West Virginia Department of Education says Adkins learned that he was a recipient of the award during a surprise school-wide assembly.

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Education
10:50 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Release of Westest2 Scores Delayed Again

Credit West Virginia Department of Education

  The release of last year's standardized test scores for West Virginia public school students has been delayed again.

The Charleston Gazette reports that state education officials did not announce the results Thursday as expected. State Department of Education spokeswoman Liza Cordeiro says officials are still working with counties to validate the scores. She says scores can be expected soon, but did not give a specific date.

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Public Education
9:50 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

W.Va. Gets $9.7 Million Grant to Curb Gun Violence

Credit West Virginia Department of Education

  The West Virginia Department of Education is getting a grant to curb gun violence by connecting families, schools and communities to mental health services.

The agency is set to receive the $9.7 million from Project AWARE. West Virginia is one of 120 states and local school districts receiving grants for mental health first aid training.

Officials say the grant is part of a national initiative to support teachers, schools and communities in recognizing and responding to mental health concerns among youth.

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Government
12:26 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

W.Va. Public School Truancy Rate Tops 30 Percent

Credit Cecelia Mason

  State figures show that nearly a third of West Virginia's public school students were truant during the 2013-2014 academic year.

According to Department of Education data, 58 percent of McDowell County's students were marked as truant. That was the highest rate in the state.

Jefferson County had the lowest rate, 7 percent.

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Lawsuit
10:29 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Group Says W.Va. Pays $63,000 in Legal Fees for Marple Case

Credit www.wvencyclopedia.org

  A watchdog group says the state Department of Education has paid more than $63,000 to its legal counsel in response to lawsuits by former state schools Superintendent Jorea Marple.

West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse released the findings Tuesday. The group had filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the department and the state Board of Risk and Insurance Management about fees paid to a Charleston law firm since November 2013.

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Education
9:33 am
Fri September 12, 2014

W.Va. Audit Committee to Begin School Visits

  Initial performance audits of West Virginia schools will begin Monday as part of a new statewide assessment program.

The audits involve onsite visits of all schools by the Office of Education Performance Audits over the next two years. They will provide Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, the state Legislature and the West Virginia Board of Education an overall view of performance.

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Education
4:19 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Overall ACT Scores Unchanged in West Virginia

Credit ACT

  The average score of West Virginia students taking the ACT college entrance exam remained the same for the fourth straight year.

The state Department of Education says overall test scores in West Virginia this year averaged 20.6.

Students showed a slight improvement in reading scores at 21.4. Scores were unchanged in science at 20.6 and math at 19.5, while English scores dipped slightly to 20.4.

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Education Grant
7:01 am
Wed August 13, 2014

W.Va. Awarded $62K to Cover AP Test Costs

Credit West Virginia Department of Education

More than $60,000 is headed to the West Virginia Department of Education to cover a portion of the fees charged to low-income students taking advanced placement tests.

The funding is part of more than $28 million that the U.S. Department of Education awarded to 40 states, Washington, D.C., and the Virgin Islands.

The grant payments are based on the anticipated number of test-takers, among other factors.

Federal education officials say the payments should be sufficient to cover all but $18 of the cost of each advanced placement exam taken by a low-income student.

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Education Reform
6:23 pm
Sun August 3, 2014

4th Annual Student Success Summit: Redefining College and More

From Left to Right: Kyatt Bayley and Keaton Cooper from Randolph County, and Bethany Booth from Marshall County. Youth Summit attendees at this year's Student Success Summit.
Credit Glynis Board / WVPublic

The West Virginia Department of Education says high school graduation rate has been increasing and is up to 80 percent. But only 56 percent of students are college bound.  How to improve those rates, and defining what “college-bound” really means were among the discussions at the fourth annual Student Success Summit in Morgantown last week. 


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Public Education
9:44 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Martirano Called Visionary Leader W.Va. Needs

Newly appointed state Superintendent Michael Martirano addressed a crowd at a press conference at the Capitol.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

West Virginia got a glimpse of its newly appointed superintendent of schools Tuesday when Dr. Michael Martirano was introduced to a crowd of state employees and members of the media.

The appointment comes more than year into Governor Tomblin’s mission to strengthen public education in the state.

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School Construction
8:25 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Construction of New McDowell Co. School to Begin Soon

Construction of a new $12 million elementary school in McDowell County is expected to begin after crews stabilize a riverbank that partially collapsed earlier this year.

Superintendent Nelson Spencer tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph that demolition of the old Iaeger Elementary School has been completed. He says large rocks from the construction area are being used to help stabilize the bank.
 

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Public Education
11:23 am
Tue July 1, 2014

State Board Unanimously Approves New Superintendent

Credit twitter.com

It’s official. The West Virginia Board of Education has approved the next state superintendent of schools.

Members unanimously agreed to hire Dr. Michael Martirano Tuesday to take over as state school’s chief this fall. Martirano currently serves as superintendent of St. Mary’s County Public Schools in southern Maryland, a position he’s held for almost a decade.

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Public Education
6:57 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

W.Va. BOE Will ‘Likely’ Name Martirano Next Superintendent

Dr. Michael Martirano will likely be approved as the new West Virginia State Superintendent Tuesday, July 1.
Credit St. Mary's County Public Schools

The West Virginia Department of Education will soon have a new leader in Dr. Michael Martirano.

State Board President Gayle Manchin made the announcement of his likely nomination and approval Wednesday evening through a press release.

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Health
9:36 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Health Conference Aims at Students, Families

  A school health professional development seminar is being held this week in Charleston.
 
The 2014 Kidstrong Conference is set for Tuesday and Wednesday at the Charleston Civic Center.
 
The conference is aimed at school administrators, teachers, nurses, counselors, school-based health staff and public health specialists.
 

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Child Nutrition
3:44 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Summer Program Brings Free, Nutritious Meals to Children

Summer Food Service Program Kick-Off Celebration at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 2014
Credit Liz McCormick

During the fall and spring school sessions, thousands of West Virginia schoolchildren are fed both breakfast and lunch as part of the School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs. But when school is out for the summer, these meals end. This is why the West Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Child Nutrition started their Summer Food Service Program.

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Child Nutrition
11:03 am
Mon June 9, 2014

W.Va. to Launch Summer Food Program Wednesday

Credit National Institutes of Health / commons.wikimedia.org

A federal program that provides free meals to lower-income children during the summer will kick off in West Virginia this week.

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Lawsuit
4:19 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Ex-Superintendent of W.Va. Schools Files Second Suit

Dr. Jorea Marple
Credit www.wvencyclopedia.org

West Virginia's former state school superintendent has filed a second lawsuit contending she was unfairly fired.

Jorea Marple's latest legal claim was filed this week in Kanawha County Circuit Court, according to media reports. A similar lawsuit is pending in federal court.
 

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Education
9:19 am
Mon April 14, 2014

W.Va. Schools to Get Free Computer System Upgrades

Credit Aravind Sivaraj / wikimedia Commons

West Virginia's public schools will get free computer operating system upgrades for five years under a new agreement with Microsoft.
 
The Charleston Daily Mail reports
that schools will enter the agreement with Microsoft on July 1.
 
Under the agreement, schools can upgrade their computers' operating systems without cost if the hardware can handle the upgrade.

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Education
5:03 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

W.Va. Schools Chief Looks Forward to Retirement

Credit West Virginia Department of Education

Retiring state schools Superintendent James Phares says he viewed his brief stint as an opportunity to help make a difference in West Virginia's education system.

Phares is stepping down on June 30 after 18 months on the job. He says that was set long ago as the day he'd walk with his wife into retirement.
 
Phares was Randolph County's schools superintendent when he was hired to replace the fired Jorea Marple.
 

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Public Education
3:41 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

W.Va. Superintendent Announces Retirement as National Search Continues

State Superintendent Dr. James Phares
Credit West Virginia Department of Education

State Board of Education members are now under even more pressure to complete their nationwide search for a new state superintendent of schools after Dr. James Phares announced Tuesday he would retire from that position in June.

In a short letter to state Board President Gayle Manchin, Phares cited pressing family issues and a desire to spend some time out of the public eye as reasons for retiring from his current position, as well as his 40 years of service in public education.

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