WESTEST 2, the Educational Standards Test, two out of three 11th graders
score below mastery in at least one subject area.
Marple, PH.D., has been WV State Superintendent of Schools for 8 months and
says improving achievement in public schools is the job of everyone.
the educators in the building have direct accountability and responsibility and
have to work diligently to improve instruction and improve learning
opportunities for students,” said Marple.
“But at the
same time all of us have to work and support the learning of our children. And
when you live in a state of significant poverty, it does increase the
difficultly of the job,” she said.
children come from a home without rich reading materials, children will come to
school without a rich vocabulary and it makes it more difficult to acquire
The WV Department of Education and WV State Board of Education have submitted their budget
request to the governor and the legislature in advance of January’s legislative
plans to address student achievement are a priority beginning with teacher pay
near the bottom in terms of salaries for educators, and our legislative
priority is a challenge to make progress in this decade to move us up from 48th
to hopefully 25th in the nation.”
fundamental if we are going to keep equity of access and high quality teachers,"
priority of the superintendent’s is access to technology. The Department of
Education is requesting 23 million dollars annually for the next 4 years to provide 6th
graders with classroom computers.
is a great equalizer of opportunity because it allows children to learn 24/7,"
said Marple. “It provides them with rich support and resources."
the State Board of Education is looking at what it can do to change policy to give teachers more flexibility to
teach, addressing some of the more rigid instruction time requirements, revisiting
student conduct expectations, and expanding curriculum.
nothing more important than reading and math, but we also know that children
can improve their reading and math skills through other content areas, most
especially the arts.”
that children stay in school, don’t drop out, if they’re engaged in arts
instruction,” she said. “So we have to change policy to allow and support a