Expanding the Pool of Teachers Policy
The state should provide an alternate route that is free from regulatory obstacles that limit its usage and providers.
Although it does not place restrictions on providers, West Virginia limits the usage of its alternate routes.
West Virginia's alternate routes can only be used for certification to teach in critical shortage districts and subject areas.
West Virginia authorizes local universities, colleges, schools, school districts, consortia of schools or regional educational service agencies to offer alternate route programs. The state is commended for allowing a diversity of providers. A good diversity of providers helps all programs, both university and non-university based, to improve.
Chapter 18A Article 3 Section 1 http://wvde.state.wv.us/teachwv/teachprep.html
Broaden alternate route usage.
West Virginia should reconsider subject area restrictions on its alternate route. Alternate routes should not be programs of last resort for hard-to-staff subjects, grade levels or geographic areas but rather a way to expand the teacher pipeline throughout the state.
West Virginia recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis.