Introduced Version Senate Concurrent Resolution 5 History

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(By Senators Browning, Wills, Edgell, Foster, Plymale,

          Stollings, Tucker, Unger, Wells, Boley and Klempa)



Encouraging the Governor, Legislature and West Virginia Board of Education to work together in moving toward implementation of the Ten Elements of High Quality Digital Learning.

    Whereas, As technology becomes an increasingly integral part of our society, it has become imperative for West Virginia’s students to have digital media incorporated into their learning curriculums. Many students use digital media in every aspect of their lives outside of school, yet our approach to learning is roughly the same as it was fifty years ago. In order to keep students engaged, we must present information using a format they are familiar with, such as digital learning; and

    Whereas, The traditional approach to learning is resulting in a great number of West Virginia students dropping out of high school or graduating unprepared for college or the workforce. This is evidenced by the high number of students who enter college needing to take developmental courses; and

    Whereas, Finding resources to improve the education system is never easy. However, a high-quality education system should be viewed as an investment in the future economy that has a high rate of return. This return is a skilled workforce to fill high-wage jobs which is a valuable resource for the state; and

    Whereas, Digital learning can customize and personalize education allowing students to learn in their own style and at their own pace. Digital learning breaks down geographic barriers allowing every student to enroll in courses they would not otherwise have access to. Students in the most remote areas can enroll in high-quality college-prep and career-prep courses taught by a highly qualified teacher through multiple access points; and

    Whereas, Bob Wise, former Governor of West Virginia, and Jeb Bush, former Governor of Florida, created the Digital Learning Council to identify policies that will integrate current and future technological innovations into public education. This Council included more than 100 leaders from education, government, philanthropy, business, technology and think tanks; and

    Whereas, The Council established Ten Elements of High Quality Digital Learning which included:

    (1) Student Eligibility: All students are digital learners;

    (2) Student Access: All students have access to high quality digital content and online courses;

    (3) Personalized Learning: All students can customize their education using digital content through an approved provider;

    (4) Advancement: Students progress based on demonstrated competency;

    (5) Content: Digital content, instructional materials and online and blended learning courses are high quality;

    (6) Instruction: Digital instruction and teachers are high quality;

    (7) Providers: All students have access to multiple high quality providers;

    (8) Assessment and Accountability: Student learning is the metric for evaluating the quality of content and instruction;

    (9) Funding: Funding creates incentives for performance, options and innovation; and

    (10) Delivery: Infrastructure supports digital learning; and

    Whereas, The West Virginia Board of Education has adopted by Resolution the Digital Learning Council’s Ten Elements of High Quality Digital Learning; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That the Governor, Legislature and West Virginia Board of Education are encouraged to work together in moving toward implementation of the Ten Elements of High Quality Digital Learning.

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