The world has changed dramatically in the past several decades and our West Virginia schools need to prepare our students differently for college and the competitive, global workforce. The West Virginia College and Career Readiness Standards have become the roadmap for that journey. These standards are a set of West Virginia developed high expectations for both English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics that educators rely on to help students graduate high school and become successful in school, work and life. In a nutshell, they are the goals that will direct students to read and think critically, process information, draw logical conclusions, and to become effective communicators, both verbally and in writing.
These standards are consistent goals held for all West Virginia students and include what students should know and understand at each grade level, regardless of where they live or the school they attend. The West Virginia College and Career Readiness Standards are relevant and include specific skills that are needed to succeed in college or the workplace. They increase in complexity and rigor as the student progresses through the years. The standards are not a curriculum, as is so often believed. Teachers determine the exact paths (or the curriculum) that are taken to meet the goals and exactly how the standards should be taught in their classrooms.
In ELA the focus of the standards is for students to become both critical readers and thinkers using fiction and informational texts. They learn to gather evidence from multiple sources and to defend their opinions based on the knowledge they have acquired. This set of standards also includes requirements for students to develop written and verbal communication skills to relay information and ideas in an effective manner.