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West Virginia's No Child Left Behind Accountability Plan is "Results-Oriented"
On Monday, West Virginia became the ninth state to have its No Child Left Behind accountability plan approved by the U.S. Department of Education. Following are excerpts from the Charleston Daily Mail's coverage of the announcement:

"[State School Superintendent David Stewart] said ??? '[this] is the beginning of what we have always held true in West Virginia, that every child should be educated.'"

"State officials have been working on the plan for months, with feedback from the Legislature and the governor's office, said Pam Cain, the assistant state superintendent of curriculum and instruction. The changes will begin with the new school year, and Cain says teachers, students and their parents could see changes, with a new emphasis on assessment and accountability. Students in grades 3-8 and grade 10 will be tested. 'It's very results-oriented,' Cain said. 'It has standards.'"

"Nancy Walker, director of the state's school information system and a member of the team [that developed the plan], said the new law won't fundamentally alter what happens in a classroom. 'We're still teaching reading, writing and arithmetic,' she said."

"[Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.] strongly supported the measure. 'If we don't set the bar high, we're never going to keep striving,' she said."

The complete article was published in the April 7, 2003 edition of the Charleston Daily Mail. It is no longer available online.

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