Exemplary Accreditation Status Schools Are Honored

November 12, 2009

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Sixty-five schools from across West Virginia, including elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and career technical centers, were honored Monday for achieving Exemplary Accreditation status. Two schools that earlier were named National Blue Ribbon Schools also were recognized for their achievement.

“We have high expectations for all schools in West Virginia and these schools have achieved the state board’s highest level of recognition,” said West Virginia Board of Education President Priscilla Haden. “This accomplishment speaks highly of the quality of education throughout West Virginia, with schools from every area of our state identified as exemplary. Educators, parents, students and communities serving our schools understand that quality is important and are working hard to ensure students succeed. We encourage them to keep up the good work.”

Exemplary distinction is the gold standard of educational achievement, said Kenna Seal, director of the Office of Education Performance Audits. Schools must meet a set of rigorous standards to achieve such status:

  1. All schools will be ranked by the percent proficient in each subject, including reading/language arts, math, science, social studies as well as the Writing Assessment. Schools earning the top combined ranking will be eligible for the next step of ranking on a student achievement index. All students in each school will be ranked by a student achievement index in each subject on the WESTEST and Writing Assessment with progressive weighting for scores at each performance level (.25 for Below Mastery, .5 for Mastery, .75 for Above Mastery, and 1.0 for Distinguished) and aggregated for a total ranking. The top 10 percent weighted ranking for elementary, middle and high schools will be designated as Exemplary if other criteria are met.
  2. The student attendance rate is at or above 94 percent in the most recent year for which data are available.
  3. The student graduation rate is at or above 85 percent.
  4. The percentage of graduates of high schools who declare their intent to enroll in college and other post-secondary education is 55 percent.
  5. The percentage of students who successfully complete Advanced Placement, dual credit and honors classes as defined in Policy 2510 is at or above five percent in high schools.

Career technical centers also have strenuous criteria to meet. Such schools must meet a minimum of 70 percent of proficiency standards across all concentrations; have a 90 percent placement rate; and a 65 percent in-field job placement and continuing education rate, among other requirements. The following schools earned 2009-2010 Exemplary Accreditation status:

Barbour Kasson Elementary/Middle School
Berkeley Hedgesville Elementary School
Berkeley Marlowe Elementary School
Braxton Davis Elementary School
Brooke Beech Bottom Primary School
Brooke Franklin Primary School
Brooke Lauretta B. Millsop Primary School
Cabell Geneva Kent Elementary School
Harrison Johnson Elementary School
Harrison Simpson Elementary School
Harrison Bridgeport Middle School
Harrison Bridgeport High School
Jackson Evans Elementary School
Jackson Ravenswood Middle School
Jefferson C. W. Shipley Elementary School
Jefferson Shepherdstown Elementary School
Jefferson Shepherdstown Middle School
Kanawha Chamberlain Elementary School
Kanawha Holz Elementary School
Kanawha Kenna Elementary School
Kanawha Montrose Elementary School
Kanawha Overbrook Elementary School
Kanawha Ruthlawn Elementary School
Kanawha Weberwood Elementary School
Kanawha John Adams Middle School
Kanawha George Washington High School
Logan Justice Elementary School
Logan Verdunville Elementary School
Marion East Dale Elementary School
Marion Fairview Elementary School
Marion Fairmont Senior High School
Monongalia Cheat Lake Elementary School
Monongalia Easton Elementary School
Monongalia North Elementary School
Monongalia Suncrest Primary School
Monongalia Suncrest Middle School
Ohio Bethlehem Elementary School
Ohio Steenrod Elementary School
Ohio West Liberty Elementary School
Ohio Woodsdale Elementary School
Ohio Triadelphia Middle School
Ohio Warwood Middle School
Putnam Confidence Elementary School
Putnam Eastbrook Elementary School
Putnam Hometown Elementary School
Putnam Poca Elementary School
Putnam Scott Teays Elementary School
Putnam West Teays Elementary School
Putnam Poca Middle School
Putnam Hurricane High School
Putnam Winfield High School
Raleigh Hollywood Elementary School
Raleigh Maxwell Hill Elementary School
Randolph Pickens Elementary/High School
Upshur Union Elementary School
Wood Greenmont Elementary School
Wood Jackson Middle School
Wyoming Mullens Middle School


Kanawha Ben Franklin Career Technical Center
Kanawha Garnet Career Center
Mineral Mineral County Career and Technical Center
Pocahontas Pocahontas County High School
Wayne Spring Valley High School
Wayne Tolsia High School
Wayne Wayne High School

To qualify as National Blue Ribbon Schools, public schools must have at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds that dramatically improve student performance on state tests or have students, regardless of background, achieve in the top 10 percent of their state on state tests.


Hancock Liberty Elementary School
Wirt Wirt County High School

For more information, contact the OEPA at (304) 558-3788, or the Office of the Communications at (304) 558-2699. To view photo from the event, click here: http://wvde.state.wv.us/tt/2009/ex2009.

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