West Virginia: College and Career Policies

West Virginia requires 4 credits of social studies to graduate.

Required by legislature. Supported by State Board, developed by Department. During the 2012 Legislative Session, House Bill 4236 was enacted and requires the implementation of a statewide teacher evaluation system that includes student learning as an indicator among extensive measures of educator performance. Beginning with the 2013-2014 school year, the new evaluation system will be used in all public schools statewide.

The State Board of Education has full authority to adopt standards.

The West Virginia State's Board of Education oversees teacher certification for the state.

Educators must acquire six semester hours of credit in the five years immediately preceding the renewal of a license in order to renew it.

In order to become a certified teacher in West Virginia, an applicant must hold at least a bachelor's degree, pass the required tests, earn a specified GPA, and complete an approved teacher preparation program.

West Virginia adopted Career and Technical Standards in 2015.

The West Virginia Board of Education has control over teacher preparation program approval after consultation with the Chancellor of Higher Education.

In order to be approved, all programs must address three components: preprofessional skills, content specialization, and professional education.

West Virginia updated the English language arts standards in 2010. These standards are aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

West Virginia requires 4 credits of English to graduate.

WESTEST 2 is gone, and the West Virginia General Summative Assessment, which includes the Smarter Balanced assessments in mathematics and ELA, has taken its place. Public school students in grades 3 - 11 will take the test between April 1 and June 24.

West Virginia updated the math standards in 2010. These standards are aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

West Virginia requires 4 credits of math to graduate.

West Virginia requires 9 additional credits for graduation.

WESTEST 2 is gone, and the West Virginia General Summative Assessment, which includes the Smarter Balanced assessments in mathematics and ELA, has taken its place. Public school students in grades 3 - 11 will take the test between April 1 and June 24. The test is engaging, interactive and uniquely accessible with questions that require high level thinking, look like real life problems, and are similar to classroom work. Most important, it offers evidence that informs action in the classroom.

Educators must acquire six semester hours of credit in the five years immediately preceding the renewal of a license in order to renew it. Additionally, they may be required to take specific courses depending on their area of certification.

West Virginia follows the Learning Forward standards of learning communities, leadership, resources, data, learning designs, implementation, and outcomes.

Currently, West Virginia uses 21st Century Science Standards. Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives for Science will be effective July 1, 2016.

West Virginia requires 3 credits of science courses to graduate.

The West Virginia State Board of Education has full authority to adopt assessments.

WESTEST 2 is gone, and the West Virginia General Summative Assessment, which includes the Smarter Balanced assessments in mathematics and ELA, has taken its place. The General Summative Assessment also includes a science assessment for students in grades 4, 6 and 10.

The test is engaging, interactive and uniquely accessible with questions that require high level thinking, look like real life problems, and are similar to classroom work. Most important, it offers evidence that informs action in the classroom.