WV SB274 | 2023 | Regular Session


Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Republican 8-2)
Status: Engrossed on February 14 2023 - 50% progression, died in committee
Action: 2023-03-07 - To House Finance
Pending: House Finance Committee
Text: Latest bill text (Engrossed) [HTML]


The purpose of this bill is to provide early childhood classroom assistant teachers and systems of support to help students achieve grade level literacy and numeracy by end of third grade. The bill replaces a transformative intervention framework with multi-tiered system of support addressing both reading and mathematics. It includes the use of screening and/or benchmark assessments approved by the State Board to be administered three times throughout the school year. The bill specifies the services to be provided to students who exhibit substantial deficiencies on the screening and /or benchmark assessment and the information and notice to the parent or guardian. It requires professional development for the teachers and the training and instruction be provided by education preparation programs that prepare candidates seeking licensure for elementary education. The bill requires the retention in third grade of public-school students who demonstrate minimal grade level understanding and ability in English language arts upon recommendation of teacher and student assistance team, with exceptions. Students starting in the fourth grade who score below proficient in English language arts or mathematics on general summative assessment will continue to be provided intervention until they are grade level proficient. Finally, the bill phases in a requirement for an early childhood classroom assistant teacher in first, second, and third grade classrooms that have more than 12 pupils. Note that requirements currently exist in State Board Policy 2510 for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classrooms with more than 10 pupils to have an early childhood classroom assistant teacher and these provisions would be added to the statute in this bill. The school aid formula allowance for service personnel is amended to phase in an increase in the number of state funded positions per 1,000 students in net enrollment to provide state funding for the added positions. A new section of code is added which requires early childhood classroom assistant teachers to exercise authority and control over students such as required of a teacher, but only in instances enumerated by the principal and excluding suspensions, expulsions, and performing instructional duties as a teacher.

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Third Grade Success Act


Roll Calls

2023-02-14 - Senate - Effective July 1, 2023 (Roll No. 179) (Y: 34 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2023-02-14 - Senate - Passed Senate (Roll No. 179) (Y: 34 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]


2023-03-07HouseTo House Finance
2023-03-07HouseWith amendment, do pass, but first to Finance
2023-02-15HouseTo House Education
2023-02-15HouseTo Education then Finance
2023-02-15HouseIntroduced in House
2023-02-14SenateOrdered to House
2023-02-14SenateEffective July 1, 2023 (Roll No. 179)
2023-02-14SenatePassed Senate (Roll No. 179)
2023-02-14SenateFloor amendment adopted (Voice vote)
2023-02-14SenateRead 3rd time
2023-02-14SenateOn 3rd reading with right to amend
2023-02-13SenateRead 2nd time
2023-02-13SenateOn 2nd reading
2023-02-10SenateRead 1st time
2023-02-10SenateOn 1st reading
2023-02-09SenateCommittee substitute for committee substitute reported
2023-01-20SenateTo Finance
2023-01-20SenateCommittee substitute reported, but first to Finance
2023-01-18SenateTo Education
2023-01-18SenateIntroduced in Senate
2023-01-18SenateTo Education then Finance
2023-01-18SenateFiled for introduction


Code Citations

ChapterArticleSectionCitation TypeStatute Text
182010Amended CodeCitation Text
182E10Amended CodeCitation Text
18518aAmended CodeCitation Text
189A5Amended CodeCitation Text

West Virginia State Sources

Roll Callhttp://www.wvlegislature.gov/legisdocs/2023/RS/votes/senate/02-14-0179.pdf

Bill Comments