A commission will be formed to find ways to improve student achievement in West Virginia middle schools.
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin announced the formation of the Governor’s Commission on the Middle Grades Monday as part of .
“What are hopes are is to make sure that our middle school students see what’s available for their future and be able to acquire the tools that they need to make sure that they have a successful career once they leave high school,” said Tomblin.
Tomblin’s Executive Order 2-13 was filed Friday and creates a 19-member commission comprised of teachers, State Board of Education members, work force experts, and citizen members.
Once members are picked, the commission will be looking over the Southern Regional Education Board’s Middle Grades Commission report, “A New Mission for Middle Grades,” and coming up with recommendations specific to West Virginia for improving student achievement in the middle grades.
The commission will also develop ways to address, among other things, common standards for college and career readiness, improving teachers’ expertise in their subjects, especially in math and science and improving student learning based on the latest research.
All recommendations from the study will be reported to the governor, the State Board of Education and the Legislative Oversight Committee on Education Accountability no later than Jan. 15, 2014.
The creation of the commission is part of the education reform in West Virginia.