- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Initial performance audits of West Virginia schools will begin Monday as part of a new statewide assessment program.

The audits involve onsite visits of all schools by the Office of Education Performance Audits over the next two years. They will provide Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, the state Legislature and the West Virginia Board of Education an overall view of performance.

Among the reasons for the visits are to identify needs for professional development and assess the adequacy of school buildings. The visits also will determine if schools are in compliance with state school board policies and if they are meeting quality standards adopted by the board.

The results of the audits will be used as part of an A-F grading system that will begin in the 2015-16 school year.

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