“We celebrate the academic achievement of the students in these counties,” said State Superintendent Dr. David Stewart. “This clearly demonstrates that the high-quality instruction of our teaching corps in the basic skills can produce exemplary results,” Stewart noted. This year’s total basic skills scores remained stable over last year at six grade levels: 3rd, 7th , 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th. One point improvements were attained in grades four and five. Sixth grade basic skills scores dropped by one percentile point.
“If you study the six-year trend data since the SAT-9 was first administered in 1996, you will see significant improvement at every grade level,” Stewart commented. “We will continue to use the SAT-9 assessment until 2003-04 when the new West Virginia assessment program will be introduced. These assessments will be aligned with the state’s new rigorous content standards.” For more information, contact Dr. Jan Barth, Office of Student Services and Assessment, West Virginia Department of Education, 304-558-2651.