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Findings by State - West Virginia

Overview

Scope of Review in West Virginia
  977 New teachers from the state's higher education institutions included in Review (2010)
  13 Institutions evaluated by NCTQ in the 2013 Review
-13 elementary programs, undergraduate (UG) and graduate (G)
-11 secondary programs, undergraduate (UG) and graduate (G)
  9 Institutions with sufficient data for an overall program rating
-Collectively supplying 82% of the state's traditionally trained teachers
-9 elementary programs, undergraduate (UG) and graduate (G)
-7 secondary programs, undergraduate (UG) and graduate (G)
46% Institutions sharing information for the Review
Big "take-aways" about teacher preparation in West Virginia:

  • Highly rated programs -- Across the country, NCTQ identified 21 elementary programs (4 percent of those rated) and 84 secondary programs (14 percent) for the Teacher Prep Review Honor Roll, meaning that a program earns at least three out of four possible stars. No West Virginia programs are on the Honor Roll.

  • Selectivity in admissions -- The Review found that none of the elementary and secondary programs in West Virginia restrict admissions to the top half of the college-going population, compared to 28 percent nationwide. Countries where students consistently outperform the U.S. typically set an even higher bar, with teacher prep programs recruiting candidates from the top third of the college-going population.

Some worry that increasing admissions requirements will have a negative effect on the diversity of teacher candidates. By increasing the rigor and therefore the prestige of teacher preparation the profession will attract more talent, including talented minorities. This is not an impossible dream: 83 programs across the country earn a Strong Design designation on this standard because they are both selective and diverse, although no such programs were found in West Virginia.

  • Early reading instruction -- Only 44 percent of evaluated elementary programs in West Virginia are preparing teacher candidates in effective, scientifically based reading instruction, but this is a higher percentage than the small minority of programs (29 percent) providing such training nationally.

  • Elementary math -- A mere 19 percent of evaluated elementary programs nationwide provide strong preparation to teach elementary mathematics, training that mirrors the practices of higher performing nations such as Singapore and South Korea. Only 11 percent of the evaluated elementary programs in West Virginia provide such training.

  • Student teaching -- Of the evaluated elementary and secondary programs in West Virginia, all entirely fail to ensure a high quality student teaching experience, in which candidates are assigned only to highly skilled teachers and receive frequent concrete feedback. 71 percent of programs across the country failed this standard.

  • Classroom management -- 56 percent of the evaluated West Virginia elementary and secondary programs earn a perfect four stars for providing feedback to teacher candidates on concrete classroom management strategies to improve classroom behavior, compared to 23 percent of evaluated programs nationwide.

  • Content preparation -- 69 percent of West Virginia's elementary programs earn three or four stars for providing teacher candidates adequate content preparation, compared to 11 percent of elementary programs nationwide. This strong performance may result from the state requirement that elementary teacher candidates complete 30 credits of coursework in topics relating to the elementary curriculum. At the high school level, only 18 percent of West Virginia secondary programs earn four stars for content preparation, compared to 35 percent nationwide.

  • Outcome data -- None of West Virginia's evaluated programs earn four stars for collecting data on their graduates, compared to 26 percent of evaluated programs in the national sample. In the absence of state efforts to connect student achievement data to teacher preparation programs, administer surveys of graduates and employers or require administration of teacher performance assessments (TPAs), programs that fare poorly on this standard have not taken the initiative to collect any such data on their own.

West Virginia Elementary Teacher Prep Rating Distribution

West Virginia Secondary Teacher Prep Rating Distribution

Programs that earned 3-star rating or more

No 3-star rated programs

Consumer Alert: Programs earning no stars

No 0-star rated programs

West Virginia's Teacher Prep Review was made possible by the following foundations and organizations

Carnegie Corporation of New York
Gleason Family Foundation
Laura and John Arnold Foundation
Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
Searle Freedom Trust
The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation
The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation
The Teaching Commission
Anonymous (2)

Institution List

Institutions with Teacher Training Rated
Bluefield State College Annual new teacher production (2010):  28
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Concord University Annual new teacher production (2010):  106
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Fairmont State University Annual new teacher production (2010):  88
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Glenville State College Annual new teacher production (2010):  42
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Marshall University Annual new teacher production (2010):  167
Undergraduate Elementary
Graduate Secondary
Graduate Special Education
Shepherd University Annual new teacher production (2010):  89
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
University of Charleston Annual new teacher production (2010):  28
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
West Liberty University Annual new teacher production (2010):  50
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
West Virginia State University Annual new teacher production (2010):  54
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
West Virginia University Annual new teacher production (2010):  235
Graduate Elementary
Graduate Special Education
West Virginia University - Parkersburg Annual new teacher production (2010):  31
Undergraduate Elementary
West Virginia Wesleyan College Annual new teacher production (2010):  28
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Graduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Wheeling Jesuit University Annual new teacher production (2010):  31
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available


Institutions with Teacher Training Not Rated

Alderson-Broaddus College
American Public University System
Appalachian Bible College
Bethany College
Davis & Elkins College
Ohio Valley University
Salem International University

State Context

Good preparation does not guarantee that teachers will ultimately be effective, but there is much that states can do to ensure that new teachers are classroom ready. The tables below are drawn from NCTQ's 2013 State Teacher Policy Yearbook (Full State Report here) and offer a summary of West Virginia's teacher preparation policies, identifying strong policies and those in need of improvement. 

Each state has a set of laws, rules and regulations that govern how teachers are prepared for the classroom.  These policies establish guidelines for admission to teacher preparation programs, set standards for what teachers should know and be able to do in order to be licensed, and can be used to hold preparation programs accountable for the quality of teachers they produce.

Although states regulate most aspects of how teachers are prepared, where in each state this authority lies is not standard across the country. And in some states,authority for different components of teacher preparation rests with different entities.