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School Health Profiles 2014 West Virginia Rankings

Birgit A. Shanholtzer, September 2016

This fact sheet provides an overview of West Virginia’s national ranking among 48 states on several indicators from the 2014 School Health Profiles. Listed are health-related school policies and practices where West Virginia ranks either the highest or lowest in the nation. Topic areas include school health education requirements and content, physical education and physical activity, school health policies related to tobacco-use prevention, school health policies related to nutrition, and school health coordination.

2016 West Virginia Youth Risk Behavior/School Health Fact Sheets - High School

Birgit A. Shanholtzer, June 2016

This set of fact sheets provides summary high school results from the 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey and the 2014 School Health Profiles conducted in West Virginia. The fact sheets describe high school student behavior and high school policies and practices related to nine topic areas: injury risk and violence, bullying and suicidal behavior, tobacco use, alcohol and drug use, sexual behavior, weight management, chronic disease and health care access, dietary behavior, and physical activity.

2016 West Virginia Youth Risk Behavior/School Health Fact Sheets - Middle School

Birgit A. Shanholtzer, June 2016

This set of fact sheets provides summary middle school results from the 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey and the 2014 School Health Profiles conducted in West Virginia. The fact sheets describe middle school student behavior and middle school policies and practices related to eight topic areas: injury risk and violence, bullying and suicidal behavior, tobacco use, alcohol and drug use, weight management, chronic disease and disease prevention, dietary behavior, and physical activity.


A Descriptive Analysis of Harassment, Intimidation, or Bullying Student Behaviors: 2014-2015   download PDF Link
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Andy Whisman, December 2015 
This report describes the occurrence of discipline referrals and corresponding interventions and consequences used by schools for harassment, intimidation, or bullying behaviors during the 2014-2015 school year.

21st Century Community Learning Centers 2014-2015: A Descriptive Evaluation      download PDF Link
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Larry J. White, Andy Whisman, and Patricia Cahape Hammer, December 2015 
This evaluation study provides information about the implementation and outcomes of the 21s Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program in West Virginia from September 2014 through May 2015. It investigates and summarizes the effects of program participation on student achievement in mathematics and English/language arts by comparing students who participated in the 21st CCLC program for at least 30 days with nonparticipating students identified as the control group.

School Discipline Data Collection and Reporting - A Status Report for the 2013–2014 School Year download PDF LinkExecutive Summary download PDF LinkResearch Brief download PDF Link
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Andy Whisman, May 2015
A statewide analysis was conducted on school disciplinary incidents reported during the 2013–2014 school year, the second full year under the revised Policy 4373. Findings from the analysis are provided to help inform districts and schools about supports they may need to improve school climate, including more positive approaches to student discipline.

21st Century Community Learning Centers 2014: A Quasi-Experimental Investigation of Program Impacts on Student Achievement in Mathematics and Reading/Language Arts   download PDF LinkResearch Brief download PDF Link
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Larry J. White and Andy Whisman, April 2015
This report summarizes an evaluation study investigating the effects of participation in the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) program on student achievement in mathematics and reading/language arts, for the cohort of students who participated during the 2013–2014 school year.

A Descriptive Analysis of Harassment, Intimidation, or Bullying Student Behaviors: 2013-2014   download PDF LinkResearch Brief download PDF Link
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Andy Whisman, March 2015
This report describes the occurrence of discipline referrals and corresponding interventions and consequences used by schools for harassment, intimidation, or bullying behaviors during the 2013-2014 school year.

2015 West Virginia Youth Risk Behavior/School Health Fact Sheet Set-High School download PDF LinkFact Sheet  
Chad Morrison, April 2015
This set of fact sheets provides information from the Youth Risk Behavior data and School Health Profiles data for high schools in West Virginia in the following categories: injuries and violence, bullying, suicidal thinking and behaviors, tobacco use, alcohol and other drug use, sexual behaviors, weight management, dietary behaviors and physical activity. The report draws from information provided by 1,793 students, Grades 9-12, in 35 high schools.

2015 West Virginia Youth Risk Behavior/School Health Fact Sheet Set-Middle School download PDF LinkFact Sheet    
Chad Morrison, April 2015
This set of fact sheets provides information from the Youth Risk Behavior data and School Health Profiles data for high schools in West Virginia in the following categories: injuries and violence, bullying, suicidal thinking and behaviors, tobacco use, alcohol and other drug use, weight management, and physical activity. The report draws from information provided by 2,130 students, Grades 6-8, in 49 middle schools.

2013 West Virginia Youth Risk Behavior Survey Executive Summary-High School download PDF LinkExecutive Summary  
Chad Morrison, April 2015
This report provides a summary of Youth Risk Behavior data for high schools in West Virginia while providing findings on year-to-year changes in the following categories: injuries and violence, bullying, suicidal thinking and behaviors, tobacco use, alcohol and other drug use, sexual behaviors, weight management, dietary behaviors and physical activity. The report draws from information provided by 1,793 students, Grades 9-12, in 35 high schools.

2013 West Virginia Youth Risk Behavior Survey Executive Summary-Middle School download PDF LinkExecutive Summary  
Chad Morrison, April 2015
This report provides a summary of Youth Risk Behavior data for middle schools in West Virginia while providing findings on year-to-year changes in the following categories: injuries and violence, bullying, suicidal thinking and behaviors, tobacco use, alcohol and other drug use, weight management, and physical activity. The report draws from information provided by 2,130 students, Grades 6-8, in 49 middle schools.

The Association Between School Discipline and Academic Performance: A Case for Positive Discipline Approaches   download PDF LinkResearch Brief download PDF Link
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Andy Whisman and Patricia Cahape Hammer, September 2014
A new study examined impacts of referrals for disciplinary interventions on student math performance, with a focus on impacts among student subgroups.  Findings showed that less than 30% of West Virginia students in grades 3 through 11 were referred for discipline in 2012-2013; only 11% had more than one referral.  As the number of discipline referrals increased so did the odds of poor academic performance.  When students received an out-of-school suspension, their proficiency decreased even more.  Multiple discipline referrals had a much greater impact on students with disabilities than other subgroups.  No interaction was found between disciplinary referrals and academic performance for African American students.  Recommendations include (a) ongoing accurate reporting of discipline behaviors; (b) positive discipline approaches as alternatives to suspension; (c) use of the three-tiered Support for Personalized Learning system for behavior interventions; and (d) ongoing monitoring of subgroup disparities.

A Descriptive Analysis of Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying Student Behaviors: 2012-2013   download PDF LinkResearch Brief download PDF Link
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Andy Whisman, March 2014
This report describes the occurrence of discipline referrals and corresponding interventions and consequences used by schools for harassment, intimidation, and bullying behaviors during the 2012-2013 school year.

Improving School Discipline Data Collection and Reporting: A Status Report for the 2012-2013 School Year download PDF LinkExecutive Summary download PDF LinkResearch Brief download PDF Link
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Andy Whisman, December 2013
A statewide analysis was conducted on school disciplinary incidents reported during the 2012-2013 school year-the first full year under the revised Policy 4373. Findings from the analysis are provided to help inform districts and schools about what supports they may need to improve school climate, including more positive approaches to student discipline.

West Virginia Safe and Supportive Schools Project: Year 2 Implementation Evaluation Report download PDF LinkExecutive Summary download PDF LinkResearch Brief download PDF Link
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Andy Whisman, June 2013
The 4-year federal Safe and Supportive Schools (S3) program supports targeted interventions to improve and measure conditions for learning at the high school level. For 2011-2012 (Year 2), two evaluation questions were investigated: (EQ1) To what extent do participating schools implement the program with fidelity relative to the WV Model for Positive School Climate (WVMPSC), and (EQ2) to what extent do program initiatives improve school climate and culture?

The West Virginia School Climate Index: Validity and Associations With Academic Outcome Measures download PDF LinkResearch Brief download PDF LinkReport
Andy Whisman, April 2012
The term school climate refers to the character and quality of school life. The validity of a new index designed to measure school climate "the WV School Climate Index" was tested in this study, and it was used to show the impact of school climate in West Virginia schools.

The West Virginia School Climate Index: A Measure of School Engagement, Safety, and Environment download PDF LinkResearch Brief download PDF LinkReport
Andy Whisman, January 2012
The WV School Climate Index is a multidimensional measure developed by the WVDE Office of Research and Office of Healthy Schools as part of the Safe and Supportive Schools grant program (S3). The index was developed in alignment with a model put forth by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools (OSDFS).