BOARD OF EDUCATION
21ST CENTURY WELLNESS PREK-4 CONTENT STANDARDS AND OBJECTIVES
FOR WEST VIRGINIA SCHOOLS (2520.55)
1.1. Scope. W. Va. 126CSR42, West Virginia Board of Education Policy 2510, Assuring the Quality of Education: Regulations for Education Programs (Policy 2510), provides a definition of a delivery system for, and an assessment and accountability system for, a thorough and efficient education for West Virginia public school students. Policy 2520.55 defines the content standards (or instructional goals) and objectives for Wellness (Health and Physical Education for grades PreK-4) as required by Policy 2510.
1.2. Authority. W. Va. Constitution, Article XII, §2, W. Va. Code §18-2-5, §18-2-9 and §18-9A-22.
1.3. Filing Date. - March 19, 2007.
1.4. Effective Date. - July 1, 2008.
1.5. Repeal of a Former Rule. - Not applicable. This is a new rule.
2.1. This policy defines the content standards (or instructional goals) and objectives for the program of study required by Policy 2510 in wellness for grades PreK-4.
§126-44T-3. Incorporation by Reference.
3.1. A copy of the 21st Century Wellness PreK-4 Content Standards and Objectives for West Virginia Schools is attached and incorporated by reference into this policy. Copies may be obtained in the Office of the Secretary of State and in the West Virginia Department of Education, Office of Healthy Schools.
§126-44T-4. Summary of the Content Standards and Objectives.
4.1. The West Virginia Board of Education has the responsibility for establishing high quality standards pertaining to all educational standards pertaining to all education programs (W. Va. Code §18-9A-22). The content standards and objectives provide a focus for teachers to teach and students to learn those skills and competencies essential for future success in the workplace and further education. The document includes content standards for wellness PreK-4, an explanation of terms; objectives that reflect a rigorous and challenging curriculum; and performance descriptors.
West Virginia Department of Education
West Virginia Board of Education Policy 2520.55
21st Century Wellness PreK-4 Content Standards and Objectives for West Virginia Schools
Steven L. Paine
A 21st century wellness curriculum is an increasingly important component in the development learners prepared for success in the 21st century. Thus, the West Virginia Board of Education and the West Virginia Department of Education are pleased to present Policy 2520.55., 21st Century Wellness PreK-4 Content Standards and Objectives for West Virginia Schools. The West Virginia Wellness Standards for 21st Century Learning includes 21st century content standards and objectives as well as 21st century standards and objectives for learning skills and technology tools. This broadened scope of wellness curriculum is built on the firm belief that quality engaging instruction must be built on a curriculum that triangulates rigorous 21st century content, 21st century learning skills and the use of 21st century technology tools.
Committees of educators from across the state convened to revise the content standards and objectives. The overarching goal was to build a rigorous, relevant and challenging wellness curriculum that would prepare students for the 21st century. West Virginia educators, including regular classroom teachers, special education teachers, and teachers representing higher education institutions played a key role in shaping the content standards to align with national standards, rigorous national assessments, and research and best practice in the field of wellness. The contribution of these professionals was critical in creating a policy that is meaningful to classroom teachers and appears in a format that can easily be used and understood.
Policy 2520.55 is organized around the three major components of a standards-based curriculum: learning standards, instructional objectives and performance descriptors. The learning standards are the broad descriptions of what all students must know and be able to do at the conclusion of the instructional sequence. The accompanying grade-level objectives are specific descriptors of knowledge, skills and attitudes that when mastered will enable the student to attain the standard. The instructional objectives guide instructional planning and provide a basis for determining appropriate assessments, instructional strategies and resources. The performance descriptors provide the basis for assessing overall student competence of grade level standards. The performance descriptors define the five student performance levels ranging from novice to distinguished. With the ultimate goal of “learning for all,” these descriptors allow the teacher, students and parents to judge the level of student proficiency in each 21st century learning standard.
In combination, the use of learning standards, instructional objectives and performance descriptors become a comprehensive guide for delivering a rigorous and relevant wellness curriculum to all West Virginia students. These elements, when used to guide the instructional process and when delivered with the creativity and instructional expertise of West Virginia teachers, will become a powerful resource for preparing students to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
Steven L. Paine
State Superintendent of Schools
Content Standards are broad descriptions of what students should know and be able to do in a content area. Content standards describe what students’ knowledge and skills should be at the end of a PreK-12 sequence of study.
Objectives are incremental steps toward accomplishment of content standards. Objectives are listed by grade level and are organized around the content standards. Objectives build across grade levels as students advance in their knowledge and skills.
Performance Descriptors describe in narrative format how students demonstrate achievement of the content standards. West Virginia has designed five performance levels: distinguished, above mastery, mastery, partial mastery and novice. Performance Descriptors serve two functions. Instructionally, they give teachers more information about the level of knowledge and skills students need to acquire. Performance levels and descriptors are also used to categorize and explain student performance on statewide assessment instruments.