The counties were recognized during a report of West Virginia?s 2000-2001 SAT-9 results presented to the State Board at its meeting held June 14 in Calhoun County.
"These counties have demonstrated exemplary performance in core areas on the SAT-9," said State Superintendent Dr. David Stewart. "We celebrate the achievements of these counties because their hard work has resulted in outstanding performance in total reading, total mathematics, total language, science and social science. These counties -- rural and urban, large and small -- have demonstrated that an emphasis on basic skills and quality instruction can produce exemplary results in any school system at any grade level."
Counties recognized include: Brooke, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Gilmer, Grant, Hancock, Marion, Monongalia, Monroe, Morgan, Ohio, Pendleton, Pleasants, Putnam, Ritchie, Summers, Tucker, Tyler, Webster, Wetzel and Wirt. Each county had the top score in at least one of the grade levels tested in core areas on the SAT-9.
"West Virginia's students have shown significant progress in total basic skills on the SAT-9 since it was first used in the 1996-97 school year," Dr. Stewart continued. "Results indicate that students in the Mountain State have demonstrated statistically significant improvement in the basic skills of reading, mathematics and language over that time period. The trend data indicate that students in West Virginia have improved significantly in their knowledge of basic skills."
According to information released by the West Virginia Department of Education, students showed the following improvement from the 1996-97 school year to the 2000-2001 school year in total basic skills: third grade, from the 58th percentile to the 66th percentile; fourth grade, 58th to 64th percentile; fifth grade, 58th to 63rd percentile; sixth grade, 63rd to 66th percentile; seventh grade, 57th to 61st percentile; eighth grade, 57th to 62nd percentile; ninth grade, 55th to 60th percentile; 10th grade, 54th to 61st percentile; and 11th grade, 56th to 62nd percentile.
Dr. Stewart said that the SAT-9 assessment will be used in West Virginia until the 2003-2004 school year. The state plans to introduce a new assessment program developed specifically for its use beginning in spring 2004.