West Virginia CAG School Earns National Academic Achievement Award

April 29, 2008

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Department of Education on Tuesday announced that Eagle School Intermediate in Berkeley County, currently participating in the Closing the Achievement Gap (CAG) Professional Development Demonstration School initiative, received the Panasonic National School Change Award. 



“We are extremely proud of Eagle School Intermediate and ecstatic that teachers and students have been recognized for the enormous strides they have made improving academic achievement,” said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine. “This award can be credited to the leadership provided by Berkeley County Schools and Eagle School Intermediate.”  

Eagle School has a high percentage of poor, minority and underachieving students. While these traditionally underperforming groups present a major challenge, Eagle School has made significant improvements. In addition to the assistance provided to the school as part of the CAG initiative, Eagle School Intermediate has also been a recipient of a Benedum Grant under the Center for Professional Development, which significantly connected students and parents in an after-school program called ACHIEVE.

Eagle School Intermediate joins five other schools across the nation for this honor.  The award to each of the six schools includes: 

·         A ceremony conducted at their school in May/June 2008

·         A $5,000 grant

·         Subsidized participation of the school’s principal in the Eleventh Annual National Principals Leadership Institute to be conducted at Fordham University in New York City in July 2008

·         An awards presentation by the United States Department of Education at a special ceremony in New York City in July 2008

·         Participation in a major national research project focusing on school change


A school is a candidate for the Panasonic National School Change Award if it has experienced significant change for the better in areas such as student achievement scores, innovative teaching practices, and overall improved teaching and learning attitudes.   


In 2007, all subgroups of students at Eagle School Intermediate met adequate yearly progress (AYP) with high percentages of proficiency in content areas assessed by the West Virginia Educational Standards Test (WESTEST).  Not only did Eagle School close the achievement gap, but the fourth and fifth grade test scores earned the school the number one ranking among West Virginia elementary schools with 50 or more students in each of 10 qualifying subgroups making AYP in mathematics and reading.


Enrolling 430 students, Eagle School’s student population is 57 percent low socio-economic status, 24 percent African American, 6 percent Hispanic and 2 percent Asian.  These students have demonstrated extraordinary improvement in achievement.  The number of students scoring distinguished and above mastery, the highest levels possible on the WESTEST, has increased over the last five years.


The Panasonic National School Change Award is sponsored by Panasonic Corporation of North America and the Fordham University Graduate School of Education.


For more information, contact the West Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.




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