McKinley Architects & Engineers

The Thrasher Group

September 1, 2011 - Volume 31 Issue 21


By Gus Penix

The Office of Education Performance Audits (OEPA) annually makes professional development recommendations to the West Virginia Board of Education for the purpose of increasing the capacity of state schools and school systems to provide a thorough and efficient education for students. 

The recommendations are presented in detail in the OEPA’s Recommendations for Professional Development – August 2011 report, which can be accessed under the Resource tab of the OEPA website at

Professional development recommendations are based on analysis of noncompliance findings from school and county Education Performance Audit reports conducted during the school year 2010-2011.  Appendix B of the report details findings for the past five years. 

Over the past five years, six professional development recommendations have occurred persistently. The recommendations focus on the following noncompliant audit indicators: 7.2.3 – Lesson Plans and Principal Feedback, 7.2.1 – Five-Year Strategic Plan, 7.1.2 – High Expectations, 7.1.5 – Instructional Strategies, 7.1.7 – Library/ Educational Technology Access, and 7.1.8 – Leadership. 

Gus Penix is the newly appointed executive director of the Office of Education Performance Audits. He is a former school superintendent and executive director of a Regional Education Service Agency.