West Virginia’s schools will be operating free of the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act when the new school year begins in August.

State Board of Education President Wade Linger says the waiver the U.S. Department of Education granted to the Mountain State this week is needed.

“The goals for No Child Left Behind, when you get into the 2013-2014 time frame, they always were unrealistic,” he said on Tuesday’s MetroNews “Talkline.”

The waiver will let West Virginia evaluate school progress using a wide range of criteria.

A new West Virginia Accountability Index (WVAI) will categorize schools using five rankings: priority, support, focus, transition and success.  Help will be provided to struggling priority schools.  Already, 32 have been identified.

Up to now with the law, there have been rigid standards for what is considered “adequate yearly progress.”  That assessment was based on the results of annual standardized tests.

But Linger says there is more to a school than just test scores.

“If you want to know what kind of school you have, you also have to look at the learning conditions, the curriculum, the culture in the school and so forth and management efficiencies, how well are they doing the finances and the facilities,” Linger said.

West Virginia is one of more than 35 states, to receive a waiver from the requirements of No Child Left Behind since 2011.

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  • smitty

    Just a I have said for 30 plus years, nothing in education lasts 5 years as something new is coming down the pike. We always seem to think new is better. Look at all the time and money west tests waisted. Now there will just be another money pit with a different and fancy name. Send the state boe members down to the classroom and let them see what reality is!!

  • MrJ

    As a retired educator I can tell you that we were not informed of the unrealistic nature of NCLB. When test results are reported to the local newspaper, they aren't presented as part of a multifaceted education report card--they are viewed as the sole measure of an entire school year. Do you mean to say, Mr. Linger, that something teachers spend 180 days doing (and I refer to teaching the WESTEST) actually goes for naught?

    Someone is selling the taxpayers a bill of goods here and I can attest that it is not the classroom teachers, the parents, or the students. This is what we get when lingo-driven WVDE Ineptocrats and political appointees oversee our education.

    In the future Mr. Linger please report test results to the press with your "there's more to a school that test results" remark. Lord knows the classroom teachers, the parents, and their children need something to smile about.

    • Runger82

      As a teacher of 39 years, I have never relied on a high stakes test, an incompetent administrator, nor a politically charged BOE to let me know I was doing a great job for which I have been paid. To suggest that no one told you that the NCLB was an inaccurate way to measure the performance of teachers is naive. The taxpayers are not sending students to school, are not paying their fair share for financial support of school systems, and are voting the wrong people for BOE members.

      There is plenty to smile about regarding the learning which takes place in my classroom, and I do not need my state ed department to let me know.

      • MrJ

        Naive? Respectfully then there must be a good many naive teachers in our classrooms.

        We were NOT told of the unrealistic nature of the testing. If that had been done, no one throughout the state would have taken NCLB seriously and teachers could have spent more time and effort making their instruction more relevant rather than wasting hours with Ineptocrat paperwork.

        I've been in enough rodeos to know that it depends upon who was doing the 'splainin'. County administrators splain' and distribute information in fifty-five different ways. We were given the understanding that NCLB was here, though perhaps educationally unsound it was here to stay, and that NCLB would be the yardstick through which our effectiveness as educators and delivery of curriculum would be gauged. If someone had simply asked the classroom educators we could have saved the taxpayers a heckuva lot of $$$$$ without having to wait years for such a revelation to come to the Grand Poobas of Learnin' Journals that are the WVDE and WVBOE.

        Those unrealistic expectations will simply continue with a state-driven assessment tool and so-called "reforms". Unfortunately, when the results are published in the local gossip rag, Mr. Linger will be nowhere in sight.

        Nothing has changed.

        Retire when you can, teachers. Undergrads, contemplate that education major.