New Bills Propose Changes to School Make-Up Days, State Assessments

CHARLESTON– The West Virginia Senate Education Committee has started off the year considering several new bills.

Last week the senate passed Senate Bill 242 which was set for a final vote Wednesday. The bill would remove the word “separate” in an existing bill that requires schools to provide “one hundred and eighty separate instructional days”. It would allow students to stay longer each day and add that time to make up for days lost. The committee is still considering HB 18 which would make the A.C.T. the comprehensive statewide student assessment. It would also ban using Smarter Balanced as the assessment program. Smarter Balanaced is what is currently used as statewide standardized tests.

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