CHARLESTON, W.V. (Mar. 2, 2015) – On Saturday, the West Virginia House passed a bill that would withdraw the state from the Common Core State Standards adopted by the West Virginia State Board of Education in 2010 and the Next Generation Content Standards and Objective adopted in 2011.
Introduced by Rep. Amanda Pasdon (R-Morgantown), House Bill 2934 (HB2934) directs the State Board of Education to repeal those standards, forbids the use of Common Core-aligned assessment including, but not limited to, Smarter Balanced Assessments, and ensures the standards are revised so West Virginia students will be adequately prepared for college and careers. The House vote was 75-19.
The bill requires the following by July 16, 2015:
(A) The Common Core Standards as approved by the Board in May, 2010, and the subsequent Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives as approved by the Board in August 2011, are repealed;
(B) No assessments designed to assess student learning based on the common core standards, including but not limited to the Smarter Balanced Assessment, will be used in West Virginia public schools;
As reported by Shane Vander Hart at Truth in American Education, HB2934 would establish a stakeholder commission and standards review committees to participate in the review of new standards. It also requires public comment, including four public town hall sessions, and “frequent reporting to the Legislature.” The bill would also forbid the collection of confidential student information and the disclosure of personally identifiable student information.
HB2934 now moves to the state Senate, where it will first need to pass through the Senate Education Committee before the full Senate has an opportunity to vote in concurrence.
For West Virginia: Take action to support this important bill HERE.
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