Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on November 17, 2012 @ 9:30PM
Created on November 17, 2012 @ 9:21PM
West Virginia Board of Education President Wade Linger released this statement to 5 News Saturday afternoon regarding the State Education Audit:
"I look forward to the release of the West Virginia Board of Education’s audit response on Wednesday. A healthy discussion can be expected regarding significant education reform proposals.
Meanwhile, I see four primary areas of focus.
1. Increasing student achievement must become the top priority.
West Virginia students rank below the national average in 21 of 24 categories measured by the National Assessment of Education Progress.
Education Week’s most recent “Quality Counts Report” gave West Virginia a F in K-12 achievement.
The statewide graduation rate is only 78 percent.
One in 4 of every student in a West Virginia high school does not graduate on time.
These are statistics that must be turned around.
2. It is paramount to revitalize the connection with local school systems and build mutual trust.
3. We need to move forward on reforms suggested in the West Virginia Board of Education’s audit response with a true commitment to change and transparency.
4. Recommitting to building a communication structure between the West Virginia Board of Education, the West Virginia Department of Education, the Governor’s Office, the Legislature and teacher organizations must be a focal point.
These are the issues that I see as important based on the types of discussions the board has had during past meetings."
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