The Office of Education Performance Audits (OEPA) is one agency through which the West Virginia Board of Education WVBE) fulfills its responsibility to generally supervise West Virginia public schools and school systems. The monitoring processes and procedures are carried out through annual, cyclical, and special circumstance reviews. The OEPA is headed by a director, Susan O’Brien, appointed by the WVBE. Dr. Kenna Seal and Dr. Gus Penix previously served in this capacity.
Under the direct supervision of the WVBE, OEPA reports directly to the WVBE in carrying out its duties. Although additional duties may be assigned by the WVBE by statute, W. Va. Code § 18-2E-5 identifies the following duties assigned to OEPA:
b) whether statewide system deficiencies exist in the capacity of schools and school systems to meet the standards recommend to the WVBE plans to established by the WVBE, including the identification of trends and the need for continuing improvements in education, and report those deficiencies and trends to the WVBE;
c) staff development needs of schools and school systems to meet the standards established by the WVBE and make recommendations to the WVBE, other applicable agencies, and the county boards of education;
d) school and school system best practices that improve student, school, and school system performance and make recommendations to the WVBE for recognition and rewards to promote the use of best practices; and