West Virginia


189 articles

Schools Need Involved Parents
Mar 29, 2:19 PM:

Waxes on about how wonderful is district's parent outreach plan and how well district is doing, even though it didn't mean AYP. Need data on quality & research-based ideas of what works to improve schools.

W.Va. revamps curriculum to align with Common Core
Mar 26, 11:53 AM:

WV moving to Common Core because standards in line with changes state making in trad publics. Brief article doesn't include local reactions and whether officials think can meet 2014 transition deadline.

Proposed school crosses county lines
Mar 19, 2:08 PM:

Inter-county grade school to be built, the first for WV. Rich in background, including teacher selection process, which, sadly, did not focus on hiring teachers based on performance.

Jackson County school project hopes art leads to smarts
Mar 7, 1:21 PM:

Jackson Co. (WV) schools project connects students with local artisans. Private-public partnership outlined here. Goal is to put geometry, science and tech lessons into practice. Unclear how will measure progress.

Emphasis is on attendance in teacher evaluation legislation
Mar 6, 7:52 AM:

WV Senate teacher eval bill focuses heavily on mentoring. Focus is on getting kids to school, but not told why attendance is an issue. Not even told how mentoring is focus in legislation.

W.Va. to seek waivers from accountability law
Feb 28, 10:50 AM:

WV to apply for NCLB waiver, develops new accountability, evaluation systems, with stated focus of centering around student growth rather than test improvement. Solid description of WV proposals, national context, >

Educational reforms
Feb 22, 11:38 AM:

Editorial calls for support for WV State Super Jorea Marple, describes recent education audit that will demand serious reform. No citation of Marple's achievements, suggestion of how one might support her, or precise >

State should pay more to get certain teachers
Feb 15, 7:52 AM:

Editorial thinks WV should pay educators in certain subject areas more because there's a shortage. No real digging into why shortage in 1st place. Hint that starting salary could be factor. Bet other teacher policies >

Bills advance to increase WV teacher pool
Feb 14, 7:37 AM:

WV House passes bills allowing alternative certification to "curb shortage of teachers." Union says low pay is real reason. Related to both, but unaddressed, is performance pay and evaluation.

School Reform Plan Must Be Better Idea
Feb 13, 11:51 AM:

Editorial thinks NCLB was "complete failure" and says WV students' scores haven't improved since. Told waiver proposal in progress, but how these are improvements/will boost learning isn't clear. No nod to accountability >

Putnam superintendent gets 13 percent raise
Feb 7, 2:03 PM:

Putnam Co. (WV) leader gets 13 percent salary boost. School board says local teachers among highest paid in state, and super should be as well. Specific amount of raise listed here, but missed opportunity to compare >

Mercer to improve English learner program
Feb 2, 1:34 PM:

Mercer Co. (WV) district and DOJ reach settlement of case regarding how it teaches students with limited English proficiency. Background issues covered. System found not to have provided appropriate services. Some >

Group gives W.Va. D+ for teacher quality laws
Feb 1, 12:21 PM:

WV doesn't fare well in NCTQ report on teacher policies. Reasons why are all here, along with insight on why bad policies are bad for both the profession AND student achievement. Even given a "what might happen next" >

More RIF suggestions approved
Jan 24, 5:57 PM:

Jefferson Co. (WV) board approves termination of ten more teachers and staff. System has more than $5.4M less in funding than last year. Article deals with hearings laid off workers entitled to. Unclear how schools to >

Grant boosts school
Jan 23, 12:31 PM:

New effort at North Marion (WV) High to lower drop-out rate uses state grant to get local businesses and organizations to partner with school and give students learning opportunities outside classroom. Examples of >

Teacher evaluations, new type of school flexibility emerging from Tomblin agenda
Jan 20, 12:55 PM:

Gov Tomblin pushing teacher evals based on student performance, using his State of State address to ask lawmakers to take up issue during session. Also wants them to fund effort to improve struggling McDowell Co. >

Seniority can make for ridiculous results
Jan 18, 12:01 PM:

Editorial uses example of newly hired WV teacher being replaced by another teacher simply because they've been in system longer. Only gripe here is that there could've been attempt to answer why legislators preserve such >

W.Va. unranked in charter schools report
Jan 17, 7:00 AM:

No charter law means no ranking on nonprofit's report card. More attention could've been given to opposition instead of explaining neighboring OH's ranking.

Unions concerned about Tomblin's plans for teacher evaluations, no pay raise
Jan 12, 8:02 AM:

Sate of state gets WV talking about quest to recruit/retain quality teachers. Union voice heard. But, puts in context sad state of affairs - one of weakest evals in nation with virtually no ability to fire incompetnent >

Teachers union leads effort that aims to turn around West Virginia school system
Dec 16, 5:49 AM:

AFT trying to turnaround poverty plagued WV district. Feel good story about union. AFT finds partners to offer "wraparound" services. Paper says Harlem Children's Zone is model. Fails to mention it's a charter. Also, >



Overall rating for
West Virginia

Best Performing Outlets

  • Bluefield Daily Telegraph - Online 100%
  • Wetzel Chronicle - Online 75%


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Worst Performing Outlets

  • Wheeling News-Register - Online 8%
  • Mountain Statesman 17%