Regional Education Service Agency 8 training staff members are working with a wide variety of school personnel to help them take advantage of the latest technology. In particular, training classes are focusing on the newest version of West Virginia Education Information System (WVEIS).
Although WVEIS has helped users access information since 1990, the latest version called WOW (WVEIS On the Web) made its debut in 2007-2008. Since then, professionals from the Regional Education Service Agency that serves Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan and Pendleton counties have trained 1,000 people on the system.
"These users include school secretaries, county office personnel, principals, assistant principals, counselors and teachers," said Jane Lynch, executive director of RESA 8. "Training on the WOW system is an ongoing project, and all WVEIS users will eventually utilize the WOW system once all areas of WVEIS are complete."
Since the development of the WOW system, teachers, counselors, county office personnel and principals have gained easier access to student data, including yearly WESTEST scores. All WESTEST exams a student has completed can now be located on the student's individual record and can be easily compared from year to year.
With this information, school personnel can detect problem areas or changes in the student's performance. This information can be utilized to enable schools to assist every student with improving test scores and enhancing student learning thus improving the quality of education every student receives in West Virginia.
"Users who have been utilizing the WOW system are excited about the new look and commonly say that WOW is user-friendly and much more efficient than the original WVEIS system," Lynch said. The use of WOW will expand in the future. At the current time, WOW is being developed for student programs only.