West Virginia’s English Language Arts and Mathematics Content Standards and Objectives (CSOs) set grade-specific goals which define what all students are expected to know and be able to do by the end of a given grade or course. West Virginia’s CSOs were adopted by the West Virginia Board of Education in 2011. As required by law, prior to adopting these CSOs, the Board of Education provided the opportunity for the public to submit feedback on these CSOs through a public comment process. Following the public comment process, the Board of Education adopted the CSOs as the West Virginia Next Generation CSOs. Following adoption, the CSOs were phased in across the state from 2011 through 2014; as of the 2014-2015 school year, Next Generation CSOs have been implemented in all grade levels. Over 600 teachers and administrators in West Virginia worked to develop, review, and implement West Virginia’s CSOs to assure that our students are prepared for college and/or careers.
Now that the CSOs have been implemented in all of our West Virginia classrooms, we are encouraging state residents to share their feedback on specific CSOs through a public comment review process. The primary objectives of this community review are to:
Increase awareness and understanding of the state CSOs in the areas of English Language Arts and Mathematics
Solicit actionable feedback on the CSOs as they relate to what K-12 students should know at the completion of each grade level or course
In order to assure we are best able to use your feedback, we have provided you the opportunity to react to specific CSOs by using the pages below. Please understand that only the comments directed at specific standards will be considered. The West Virginia Academic Spotlight website will remain open until September 30, 2015 to give those who are interested ample opportunity to provide thoughtful responses.
A diverse group of stakeholders, facilitated by subject-matter experts from West Virginia University and other entities, will review all comments received about specific CSOs. The team will then make recommendations on any changes to the Board of Education for its consideration in winter 2015.
More information about the West Virginia Academic Spotlight project and West Virginia’s CSOs, the Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives, may be found here.