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Most schools in Southern West Virginia not meeting state standards

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WEST VIRGINIA (WOAY) – The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) unveiled West Virginia Schools Balanced Scorecard (Balanced Scorecard) results, which outline accountability ratings for each public school in the Mountain State as part of West Virginia’s School Accountability System (WVAS).

Each public school in the state received a scorecard that provides parents, students, educators and communities an annual update on multiple measures that together show how well students are learning, growing and achieving. The Balanced Scorecard is used to outline clear information on where schools are excelling and in what areas schools may need to improve.

“The Balanced Scorecard provides reliable data beyond the traditional measures giving us insight into how our schools are performing,” said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steven Paine. “I see improvements that tell me we are on the right path, but we still must do better,” he said. “We are pleased to see some of our most challenged schools making improvements and I believe with our combined effort we will continue to see this trend.”

Highlights from this year’s Balanced Scorecard, which is based on 2018-19 data include:

  • 32 of 55 districts improved their scorecard points on ELA Performance
  • 34 of 55 districts improved their scorecard points on Math Performance
  • 22 of 55 districts improved on 5 or more indicators from the WV Balanced Scorecard
  • The percentage of schools that did not meet standard (red) decreased in English Language Arts (ELA) by 1.2 percent and decreased in Math by 6 percent.
  • The percentage of schools in the exceeds standards category (green) within the Post-Secondary indicator increased by four percent and those schools in the did not meet standard (red) decreased by 4.2%.

A major finding from the Balanced Scorecard surrounded attendance rates of students. More than 38 percent of schools did not meet the standard for attendance. Twenty percent of students statewide were chronically absent in 2018-19 meaning they missed 10 percent or more of the school year.

“Increases in absenteeism are a major concern because teachers cannot teach students who are not present in the classroom,” Dr. Paine said. “As we promote accountability and responsibility at the local level, we look forward to counties and local school boards working with us to address this problem. Coming to school regularly is half the battle for our students, and we must look at all aspects of our system, including county board involvement and family and community engagement, to change this tide.”

The system helps ensure parents have objective information on their students’ academic achievement, while empowering state and district leaders to identify struggling students and schools.

The Balanced Scorecard evaluates schools on the following indicators:

  • Performance in English language arts and math – this indicator considers test scores from the annual statewide assessment in grades 3-8 and 11.
  • Academic progress – this indicator measures student test score progress from year to year on annual statewide assessments in elementary and middle school.
  • Four- and five-year cohort graduation rates – this indicator considers the percentage of students who graduate in four and five years at the high school level.
  • English language learner progress – this indicator measures how well students who are learning English as a second language are progressing in their mastery of the English language in the four domains of speaking, reading, writing and listening.
  • Student success – this indicator considers the percentage of elementary and middle school students with greater than 90% attendance and students with no out-of-school suspensions. At the high school level, this indicator considers students with greater than 90% attendance; number of credits earned by 10th graders; and, completion of CTE programs, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate credits, and dual credit college courses among 12th graders.

Within each indicator, schools earn one of four performance levels: Exceeds Standard, Meets Standard, Partially Meets Standard or Does Not Meet Standard.

In the following counties here was the list of schools that were meeting state standards in both mathematics and English langue arts:

Fayette County: None (Divide Elementary meets Mathematics only and Gauley Bridge meets English Language Arts only)

Greenbrier County: None (Lewisburg Elementary, Rainelle Elementary, and Smoot Elementary meet English Language Arts only, White Sulphur Springs meets Mathematics only)

McDowell County: None

Mercer County: Athens Elementary (Spanishburg Elementary and Sun Valley Elementary meet English Language Arts only)

Monroe County: None

Nicholas County: Glade Creek and Panther Elementary (Mt. Lookout meet Mathematics only)

Raleigh County: Crescent and Hollywood Elementary (Ghent Elementary meets Mathematics only)

Summers County: None

Wyoming County: Pineville Elementary (Mullens and Glen Fork Elementary meets English Language Arts only)

To view school results, visit www.mywvschool.org.



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