More Students Reaching or Exceeding No Child Left Behind Standards
Posted: August 23, 2012
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – High performance and proficiency are being checked off of the back-to-school list. West Virginia Educational Standards Test (WESTEST2) scores show that an increasing number of students reached or exceeded proficiency in 2011 - 2012.
All West Virginia students in grades 3-11 are required to take the WESTEST2, an assessment that measures student achievement.
According to the most recent WESTEST2 data, the number of West Virginia students reaching the “at or above” proficiency level has increased in both math and reading across most grade levels. Under No Child Left Behind (NCLB), proficiency is defined as the number of students meeting or exceeding grade level expectations in each subject.
Last year, nearly 47 percent of students showed improvement in mathematics, a 4 percent increase from 2010 – 2011 scores. In reading/language arts, more than 48 percent of students showed improvement in content proficiency compared to 47 percent the previous year.
Under NCLB, schools also must meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). A total of 370 schools (57 percent) met AYP this past school year. That is a 7 percent increase from the 2010- 2011 school year.
“What we value in West Virginia is constant improvement and student academic growth,” said state Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple. “Meeting Adequate Yearly Progress under NCLB is a tough task for schools across the nation. Nonetheless, more West Virginia students are making the grade.”
NCLB requires that all students in the United States are proficient by 2014.
“Our goal is that students are ready to be successful whether they go to college or enter the workforce,” Marple said. “Even the schools that were not able to jump over the AYP bar still showed individual student improvement and that should be commended.”
Next week, the West Virginia Department of Education will be launching a new website which will go deeper into student achievement data. The website will feature individual student growth. As opposed to student proficiency, student academic growth is defined as the change in an individual student’s performance from one year to the next, regardless of proficiency level.
The student growth data will allow teachers to personalize learning based on individual student needs.
“Focusing on student growth allows school systems to transition from a system that must teach all students to teaching each student,” Marple added.
The WVDE has developed a parent website to provide resources that can be used at home to help with more rigorous schoolwork. The website can be found at http://wvde.state.wv.us/parents21.
Additional WESTEST2 data can be found by visiting http://wveis.k12.wv.us/nclb/public12/nclbmenu.cfm or by contacting the WVDE Communications Office at (304) 558-2699.
Overall: Reading/Language Arts - % At or Above Proficient
All Students by Grade Level: Reading/Language Arts - % At or Above Proficient
Students with Disabilities: Reading/Language Arts - % At or Above Proficient
Low SES: Reading/Language Arts - % At or Above Proficient
African American Students: Reading/Language Arts - % At or Above Proficient
Overall: Mathematics - % At or Above Proficient
All Students by Grade Level: Mathematics - % At or Above Proficient
Students with Disabilities: Mathematics - % At or Above Proficient
Low SES: Mathematics - % At or Above Proficient
African American Students: Mathematics - % At or Above Proficient
Statewide AYP Results