The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) is committed to offering alternative educational opportunities to ensure student success, decrease the dropout rate and increase the graduation rate. Each of these opportunities includes a blend of Career Technical Education (CTE) and traditional core academic opportunities or a WVDE approved high school equivalency assessment (HSEA), which is currently the TASC test. These opportunities are intended to provide options to youth experiencing dramatic risks of dropping out of school.
The Option Pathway (Option 1) provides an opportunity for at-risk students to stay in school and graduate on time with their cohorts. The Option Pathway is designed for the student who has failed major core courses and is in the ninth, tenth, eleventh or twelfth grade.
- The Option Pathway 1 is designed for the student who has failed major core courses and is in the ninth, tenth, eleventh or twelfth grade.
- The successful Option Pathway 1 student will complete either a state-approved CTE Program of Study or a locally developed personalized concentration, pass the entire High School Equivalency Assessment – currently the TASC test, and receive a high school diploma.
- Option Pathway 1 is an all-encompassing program. Both the CTE component and the High School Equivalency assessment must be completed and passed in order to receive a high school diploma.
Option Pathway 2 (Credit Recovery)
- Option Pathway 2 is a Credit Recovery program for high school seniors who have failed one course, or several courses in the same content area, and are in jeopardy of not meeting the high school graduation requirements with their cohort.
- Option Pathway 2 allows the high school senior to recover credit deficiencies in one core content area by taking that sub-test of the High School Equivalency Assessment – currently the TASC test.
Option 3 (High School Equivalency Diploma)
- Allows students dropping out of school to take the High School Equivalency (HSE) Assessment – currently TASC test prior to leaving school.
- The successful Option Pathway 3 student will receive the HSE Diploma.
- The successful Option Pathway 3 student will not receive a High School Diploma.
How to Enroll
- Option Pathway is a voluntary program; however, students must be recommended into the program by the Option Pathway team.
- Option Pathway students are recommended into the program by a teacher, counselor or other school administrator.