West Virginia Students Continue To Excel As Part Of West Virginia Achieves

Posted: August 25, 2004
Charleston, W.Va. – More than 70 percent of West Virginia schools make the grade as part of West Virginia Achieves. State Superintendent of Schools David Stewart announced today that 516 schools met Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) during the 2003 – 2004 school year.  

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Members of the West Virginia Board of Education, along with faculty,teachers and students of South Charleston High School, and WVDE staff learn how West Virginia schools performed during the 2003-2004 school year.
 

West Virginia Achieves is the state’s No Child Left Behind accountability plan. In April, students in grades three through eight and 10 took the West Virginia Educational Standards Test (WESTEST). The WESTEST, which replaces the SAT-9, is an assessment that measures student achievement of the West Virginia Content Standards and Objectives (CSOs). The test provides information about a students' academic strengths and weaknesses by performance level descriptors. WESTEST identifies students’ levels of performance in the content areas of reading/language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. A student’s performance is compared to academic standards rather than to the performance of a national sample of students. AYP is determined by the WESTEST and either attendance or graduation rate.  

“Our numbers are improving across the board,” said Stewart. “An extraordinary number of schools met AYP, 156 schools identified as year-one AYP schools in 2003 corrected their problem areas in 2004 and 37 Title I schools must provide 'school choice.’ We are very proud of our students, teachers and schools.”  

West Virginia Achieves test result highlights include:  

- 516 SCHOOLS MET AYP (71 %) - 82 ADDITIONAL SCHOOLS MET AYP IN 2004 THAN IN 2003 - 67% OF ALL STUDENTS MET PROFICIENCY IN MATH - 77% OF ALL STUDENTS MET PROFICIENCY IN READING/LANGUAGE ARTS - 100% OF SCHOOLS MET AYP FOR ATTENDANCE RATE - 99% OF SCHOOLS MET AYP FOR PARTICIPATION RATE - 89% OF SCHOOLS MET AYP FOR GRADUATION RATE  

Results indicate that of the 204 schools that did not meet AYP in 2004:  

- 136 SCHOOLS DID NOT MEET AYP IN THE STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES SUBGROUP  

“West Virginia Achieves is about closing the achievement gap,” said Stewart. “We recognize that our schools still have some work to do before ALL students are proficient. Currently the West Virginia Department of Education is working with all fifty-five school systems in a support initiative outlined in the Framework for High Performing School Systems. The Framework assists local boards of education in long term and systemic change designed to achieve the accountability results necessary by 2014."  

The Framework for High Performing School Systems provides a leadership guide for transforming local school systems to “learning for all” organizations; helps focus leadership and technical assistance activities of state, regional and local educational agencies; and provides a unified approach and common language for school system improvement in West Virginia.  

“I want to thank all of our teachers and parents who have rolled up their sleeves and worked tirelessly and creatively to close the achievement gap for all students,” said Stewart. “Our school improvement plan is second to none in the nation and I am confident that soon all schools will meet AYP.”  

For additional information visit: http://wvachieves.k12.wv.us

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