On Saturday, September 9th, 2017, the West Virginia State Board of Education proposed some changes to the requirements necessary to become a public schoolteacher here in the Mountain State, but it has drawn major controversy. With major teacher shortages across the state, the state board wants to expand their pool of options with these changes. One of them completely scrapping the minimum G.P.A. required for graduates with a bachelor’s degree to pass a basic knowledge test.
Concord University education professor Dr. Kathy Liptak believes grade point average should be important, but not the deciding factor for teachers in training.
“While they may have a good, strong G.P.A., [it] doesn’t necessarily mean that they have the preparation needed to be an effective classroom teacher," Liptak said.
Another proposed change would affect non-education master’s degree holders. If the motion passes, they would be no longer required to pass a content knowledge test to teach the subject their degree is in.
State schools superintendent Steve Paine believes these proposed changes add more flexibility to help fill job positions without compromising quality. He could not be reached for further comment. The public discussion period goes through October 10th at 4 pm.