The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) will: 1) ensure West Virginia educators are well-prepared to teach the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for Mathematics for all learners; 2) improve students’ mathematical learning and achievement through the use of proven educational practices; and 3) assist local county boards of education that are implementing the math4life
The WVDE, along with its
dedicated stakeholders, will support local county boards, schools, teachers,
students, and families by delivering best practices, instructional
resources/strategies, extended learning opportunities, technological supports,
professional learning, and a more powerful focus to support achievement of the
West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for Mathematics by all
The WVDE will ensure a
comprehensive system of support to elevate mathematics achievement for all
learners in our public school system, thus supporting the goals of the West
Virginia Board of Education/WVDE Strategic Plan Goals, which:
Encourage a lifelong pursuit of knowledge and skills;
Promote a culture of responsibility, personal well-being,
and community engagement; and
Respond to workforce and economic demands.
The WVDE believes:
West Virginia students are as capable
as students anywhere in the world. Teachers, resources, and time can make all
Teachers must have strong content
knowledge, engaging instructional strategies, and appropriate instructional
resources. The most striking feature in countries whose math performance is
very high is that of a common, coherent, and challenging curriculum through 8th
Rigorous content standards and standards frameworks are but a single component of the teaching and learning equation. State content standards are what we want students to know, understand, and be able to do. The West Virginia Mathematics Standards Frameworks provide guidance on the “breadth and depth” for implementation of grade-level standards. The frameworks provide educators with examples of organizational structure for implementing applicable mathematics standards and address the distribution of standards in our public schools.
Pedagogy, the methods and practices
used by the classroom teacher, is important to improving student achievement.
Instructional resources/materials are
key elements in creating high-quality instruction to include best practices,
instructional strategies, technology supports, etc.
The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) does not conclusively determine which of these factors – teachers, standards, or pedagogy - has the greatest impact on student learning. However, it is clear that all three are important to achieving optimal results in student learning and performance.
The WVDE will:
Develop and share exemplars, rigorous
mathematics standards frameworks built around best pedagogical practices,
instructional resources/strategies, extended learning opportunities, and
Create professional learning supports
for local school districts that focus on a comprehensive approach to
Provide each county and school with
their mathematics performance results so they can determine strengths and
weaknesses to be addressed in schools and classrooms;
Support county-level leadership teams
focused on problem solving, critical thinking, and creative thinking; improving
student learning and performance in mathematics; as well as expanding educator
content understanding and pedagogy;
Encourage the utilization of extended
learning opportunities to include blended learning through virtual schools and
other types of learning beyond the classroom; and
Collaborate with Institutions of Higher
Education to align and strengthen offerings and programs for pre- and
Executive Summary: Pre-K—Grade 12 math4life Campaign
Achievement Through a Comprehensive Approach for All Students
We are pleased to announce
the establishment of math4life: West Virginia’s Pre-K—Grade 12 Campaign for Mathematics Achievement. While there is much work to be done to support mathematics achievement in our state, the West Virginia Department of Education and collaborative partners are committed to support a comprehensive effort to elevate mathematics achievement for all students. Information is provided here detailing the state’s efforts—a true Pre-K—Grade 12 Campaign for Mathematics Achievement—to close the mathematics achievement gap. A five-year external evaluation will occur to determine the short- and long-term impacts of this initiative. The contractors for this evaluation will be selected via an RFP that will be available in the future.
One: Increased Mathematics Student Achievement
Data will be provided to counties and
schools for local decision-making to support and improve mathematics
The WVDE will engage county leadership
(including superintendents, chief instructional leaders, principals,
early/elementary/middle/high school level mathematics educators, etc.)
regarding a shared understanding of mathematics achievement across programmatic
Two: Resources and Support
The WVDE will offer professional
learning supports focused on mathematics achievement.
The WVDE will collaborate with teacher
The WVDE will provide extended learning
opportunities to encourage learning beyond the classroom.
The WVDE will consider a variety of
additional supports, based on input from educators.
Three: Marketing Plan
The WVDE will engage in:
State-Level Communication and Marketing
The County will engage in:
County-Level Communication, Marketing,
Four: Five-Year Study
West Virginia will procure a research
firm to create, develop, and implement a five-year chronology and a five-year
study of math performance among West Virginia students in elementary, middle,
and high school.
The research firm will provide annual
reports to WVDE.