West Virginia – State Information

MEA President: Keith Jackson
Advocacy Leadership Force member: Andi Hasley
ALF Member Email: advocacy@wvmea.org

2021 Legislative Session Info- Legislature Website

Legislative Calendar

Convenes: 2/10/2021
Adjourns: 4/102021

Meeting in person in 2021

Cross-Over Deadline 2/26/2020
Budget Deadline  
Introduction Deadlines

House- 2/17/2021

Senate- 2/27/2021

Governor Jim Justice (R)
Education Committee Chairs

House: CHAIR: Rep. Joe Carey Ellington Jr. (R)
VICE CHAIR: Rep. Joshua Kurt Higginbotham (R)

Senate: CHAIR: Sen. Patricia Puertas Rucker (R)
VICE CHAIR: Sen. Craig Philip Blair IV (R)

Partisan Split House:R      Senate: R
House Clerk Contact 304-340-3200
Senate Secretary Contact 304-357-7800
Carryover to 2022 For the House

State Board of Education

State Board of Education Website  
State Board of Education Meeting Schedule  
State Superintendent W. Clayton Burch

ESSA Implementation Information

ESSA State Plan 

Title I Director Melanie Purkey
mpurkey@k12.wv.us, (304) 558-7805 ext.53251
Title IV Director Generic Phone number for Federal (ESSA) programs: (304) 558-7805
Title IV Website  
Title IV Allocations This is the grants management portal. You can see prior year awards by
searching program, Title IV-A
Application Timeline for Federal Funds Deadline most likely September 30


State Certification Information


Certificate Age Levels and Subject Areas

Levels and Length of Certification

Testing Requirements

Teacher Performance Assessment




*Does not account for assessment fee (e.g., Praxis, edTPA, etc.)s

Alternate Path to Licensure

State Certification Website:


General Skills Test

Content/Subject Specific Test

Pedagogical Knowledge


Additional Coursework


More information can be found at:

WV Music PK-Adult Professional (5-year) Praxis I: Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE) Praxis II: Music Content Knowledge (5113) Praxis Principles of Teaching & Learning: Early Childhood, K-6, 5-9, or 7-12 No Yes Possible additional testing and/or coursework $25 application
Fingerprinting varies by location
Yes https://wvde.us/educator-quality-and-effectiveness/recruitment-and-retention/#tab-b7a590efaa4088fe0e9 https://wvde.us/certification/certification-info/ June 2020

COVID-19 Information

West Virginia Schools Re-entry Toolkit

Gov. Jim Justice has pushed the start of schools from August to a tentative start date of Sept. 8. The goal is to have in-person learning five days a week, but individual districts are formulating the details of such a plan.

Title IV Success Stories