CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The state Board of Education is preparing to go to legislators and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin with a report on what the department has accomplished toward the goals they laid out early this year.
During the last legislative session the Legislature approved Tomblin's extensive education reform package and the department was then assigned the task of meeting the goals of that legislation, and of Tomblin's education agenda, which he laid out in his State of the State Address.
Challenges ranged from making changes to professional development for teachers, to beefing up the use of Regional Education Service Agencies to promote efficiency, to making new policies governing school calendars.
In all, the department is answering to 14 challenges outlined by the governor and the Legislature.
The department's report on their progress on all of these fronts is due to legislators and the governor by the end of the year. On Wednesday, the board met to review the report they'll be submitting -- sifting through more than 500 pages of documents together and with department officials.
Overall, they agree that they've made progress, but say they still have work to do.
"I never feel good about stuff that we've accomplished," State Superintendent of Schools Jim Phares said. "That's because we're always in the mode of what's next."