“We are very proud of our administrators, teachers and students,” said Paine. “They worked hard throughout the school year and deserve to be celebrated. The news of our high marks on the WESTEST comes as a wonderful morale booster at the beginning of the school year.”
West Virginia Achieves, the state’s NCLB accountability plan, focuses on closing the achievement gap between student subgroups. All West Virginia students are required to take the West Virginia Educational Standards Test (WESTEST), an assessment that measures student achievement of the West Virginia Content Standards and Objectives (CSOs). AYP is determined by the WESTEST and either attendance or graduation rate.
“The numbers speak for themselves,” said Paine. “Seventy-five additional schools met AYP in 2005 than last year. Our students with disabilities are also working their way towards proficiency. Forty percent of schools accountable for the student with disabilities subgroup met AYP in 2005 and that is a great accomplishment.”
In addition, the African American and low SES subgroups are showing great improvement. Of the 29 schools accountable for the African American subgroup, 93 percent met AYP. Of the 520 schools accountable for the low SES subgroup, 93 percent also met AYP.
Meanwhile, 121 schools did not meet AYP in 2005. Of these schools, 36 Title I schools must provide at least school choice.
“It is important to point out that if a school is identified as not meeting AYP, the status should not reflect on the teachers or students,” said Paine. “A school can be identified for a variety of reasons and we will make certain to assist the school as it improves its student achievement levels.”
To improve student achievement levels across the state, the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) is working with counties as they develop Five-Year Strategic Plans. The plans are part of the West Virginia Framework for High Performing School Systems. The Framework is an initiative developed by the WVDE and supported by the Board of Education to achieve the state’s goal of bringing all public schools students to mastery and beyond by 2014. County School Improvement Leadership Teams are focusing on elements that impact student achievement: curriculum; instruction; school effectiveness; and student/parent support.
School Data 2004-2005 (WVEIS Online Reports) http://wveis.k12.wv.us/nclb/public05
Highlights (PDF) http://wvachieves.k12.wv.us/docs/2005/high.pdf
Highlights Graphs (Powerpoint) http://wvachieves.k12.wv.us/docs/2005/2005high.ppt
Title I Sanctions (Excel) http://wvachieves.k12.wv.us/docs/2005/sanct.xls
Definitions (PDF) http://wvachieves.k12.wv.us/docs/2005/defs.pdf