- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 1, 2015

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia Department of Education is launching a series of public meetings, starting in Morgantown.

The so-called town hall meetings being launched Tuesday are intended to evaluate the state’s K-12 academic standards, which were phased in from 2011 to 2014. The standards serve as benchmarks for what students should know at the end of each grade level.

Sarah Stewart is director of policy and government relations in the state superintendent’s office. She said education officials are seeking public feedback on specific standards in English language arts and math.

Public comments will serve as a basis for recommendations that will be made to the Board of Education by the end of the year.

Other meetings this week are planned in Huntington, Wheeling and Athens, and elsewhere.

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