W.Va. Board of Education Approves Exemplary Schools

Posted: October 05, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Fifty-eight public schools and four career-technical education centers and programs have been named exemplary schools by the West Virginia Board of Education.

The board on Wednesday granted the exemplary status to the schools based on recommendations by the Office of Education Performance Audits. The 2011-2012 schools and their counties are Braxton: Davis Elementary; Brooke: Franklin Primary; Cabell: Meadows Elementary, Ona Elementary School; Greenbrier: Rupert Elementary; Hamphsire: Springfield-Green Spring Elementary; Harrison: Johnson Elementary, Simpson Elementary, Bridgeport Middle and Bridgeport High; Jefferson:  C.W. Shipley Elementary, Page Jackson Elementary; Kanawha: Chamberlain Elementary, Cross Lanes Elementary,    Holz Elementary, Kenna Elementary, Montrose Elementary, Overbrook Elementary, Weberwood Elementary, Andrew Jackson Middle, Horace Mann Middle, John Adams Middle, South Charleston Middle, George Washington High, Nitro High and Garnet Career Center; Logan: Justice Elementary; Marion: East Dale Elementary, Fairview Elementary, White Hall Elementary, Fairview Middle, Monongah Middle and Fairmont Senior; Monongalia: Cheat Lake Elementary, Suncrest Middle and Morgantown High; Ohio: Bethlehem Elementary, Steenrod Elementary, West Liberty Elementary, Woodsdale Elementary and Triadelphia Middle; Pleasants: Mid Ohio Valley Technical Institute; Putnam: Confidence Elementary, Eastbrook Elementary, Hurricane Town Elementary, Mountain View Elementary, Scott Teays Elementary, West Teays Elementary, Hurricane High and Winfield High; Raleigh: Maxwell Hill Elementary, Liberty High and Shady Spring High; Ritchie: Ellenboro Elementary School; Tyler: Tyler Consolidated High; Webster: Hacker Valley Elementary; and Wood: Greenmont Elementary, Neale Elementary, Vienna Elementary and Williamstown Elementary.

Career-technical educational programs and their counties also deemed exemplary are Brooke: Brooke High School; Greenbrier: Greenbrier East High and Greenbrier West High; and Wayne: Spring Valley High, Tolsia High and Wayne High.

“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 Wade Linger. “This accomplishment speaks highly of the quality of education throughout West Virginia.  We encourage them to keep up the good work.”

Exemplary distinction is the gold standard of educational achievement. 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 WESTEST2 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 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 95 percent of the total school performance criteria; have a 97 percent placement rate; and a 75 percent in-field job placement and continuing education rate, among other requirements.

For more information, contact the Office of Education Performance Audits at (304) 558-3788, or the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.

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