Four Schools Named 2011-2012 Schools of Excellence

May 24, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Four West Virginia schools have earned the prestigious Schools of Excellence award for the 2011-2012 school year. 
Steenrod Elementary in Ohio County, Hurricane Town Elementary and Confidence Elementary in Putnam County, and United Technical Center in Harrison County were selected to receive the honor.
“All four of our Schools of Excellence continually exceed the academic bar and serve as role models for other schools in our state,” said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple. “They exemplify excellence in teaching and student achievement.”
Schools of Excellence are selected based on the following criteria: a rigorous and challenging curriculum, a safe and drug-free learning environment, participatory leadership, active teaching and learning, an environment that strengthens teacher skills, documented student achievement and implementing advanced and innovated programs.  
Individual school applications were reviewed by a reading panel over a two-day period. Site visits followed to the schools, which provided each visitor with verification and documentation to support a final recommendation for recognition.  
For more information, contact David Price, coordinator for the Office of School Improvement, at 304-558-3199 or by e-mail at, or the Office of Communications at 304-558-2699. 
--The West Virginia Board of Education and the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) are committed to ensuring all students in the state are college and career ready when they graduate from a public school. What West Virginia students are learning in school exceeds national and international standards. Through the WVDE’s 21st century learning plan called Global21: Students deserve it. The world demands it.,” West Virginia is seeing better student performance on the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST2); the SAT and the ACT college entrance exams; the job skills assessment called Work Keys given to career and technical education students; and in a high school graduation rate that exceeds the national average. 

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