West Virginia Board of Education announces curriculum changes

CHARLESTON, WV (WOAY) – The state Board of Education met yesterday and made multiple relevant changes to the state’s curriculum.

One new policy states that West Virginia students must practice cursive writing through middle school. The other significant announcement gives more control to high school English and Language Arts teachers over the material that their students learn.

“A lot of the feedback we received from those listening tours, as well as from our different stakeholder groups, says that throughout the English policy, the State Department strongly encourages local level curriculum selection,” said Divison of Middle and Secondary Learning Coordinator Dr. Andrea Lemon. “We have policies that allow them to select their own instructional resources.”

According to the State Department, 21 people provided official comments on the proposals.