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  • Schools show progress via new accountability system

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  • CHARLESTON - Jackson County Schools are progressing forward and showing improvement overall, according to statistics provided by the West Virginia Department of Education.
    On September 4, the WVDE released results of student performance across the state. Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) has been phased out and the new accountability system is in place as a result of West Virginia receiving flexibility from the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act from the U.S. Department of Education.
    “The release of this data is important for our students, teachers and schools,” said state Superintendent of Schools James Phares. “This year’s results include a mixture of positive results as well as several areas that must be improved. Most importantly, we know our teachers and students should be applauded for their hard work and efforts because even though the statewide assessment became more intense in 2010, the majority of our students continued to show growth.”
    Developed by collection of West Virginia education experts and as part of the West Virginia Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Waiver, the new accountability system more effectively identifies struggling schools, provides individual student growth data, better directs resources to struggling schools and recognizes schools that are doing well.
    Twenty eight percent of schools (184 of 652) met both student performance and growth expectations and earned a success designation. Thirty nine percent of schools (251 schools) earned a transition designation because they showed some progress in meeting either student proficiency.
    Statewide, it wasn’t all peaches and cream. There is work to be done to get West Virginia’s numbers up to the national standard. From 2012 to 2013, the number of students who met the proficiency mark on the WESTEST 2 has decreased and of the students who did not meet proficiency rates in math, 73 percent showed no academic improvement. Of the students who did not meet proficiency rates in reading, 68 percent showed no academic improvement.
    For Jackson County, eight of eleven schools reached the designation of “success” which means progress on the index and on most subgroups is on target. This does not mean that the other schools are not on target overall. No Jackson County schools were brushed with a “Priority” stroke that would indicate a trend toward the lowest performing schools in the state.
    Ravenswood High and Ravenswood Middle School received a “Transition” mark that indicates progress on index or for a majority of subgroups but not both.
    Ripley Elementary was tagged with a “Focus” mark that means that achievement has largest subgroup gaps (Elem/MS) and graduation has largest subgroup gaps (HS)
    “While we will always strive to improve, Jackson County Schools stands up well against other counties in West Virginia,” said Jackson County Schools Superintendent Blaine Hess at a September 5 board meeting.
    Page 2 of 2 - You can view the complete data at http://wvde.state.wv.us/esea/performance/scores.php
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