Extraordinary Number of WV Schools Reach Exemplary Status

October 06, 2006

Charleston, W.Va. - The West Virginia Board of Education recognized 83 state schools in 34 counties for achieving Exemplary Accreditation status under the Office of Education Performance Audits (OEPA) standards.  

“This is a tremendous achievement and the honor is indicative of the hard work by school staff, parents, students and communities,” said West Virginia Board of Education President Lowell Johnson.  

To achieve Exemplary status, a school must meet a high level of student proficiency in core subjects; meet a student attendance rate of at or above 94 percent; meet a student graduation rate of at or above 85 percent; meet a college or post-secondary attendance rate of 55 percent; and meet a 5 percent standard of students who successfully complete Advanced Placement, dual credit, and honors classes as defined by state Policy 2510.  

“It is encouraging to note the diverse school representation achieving Exemplary status this year,” said OEPA Executive Director Kenna Seal. “This year there are schools of various sizes, both low enrollment and high enrollment, and rural and urban schools.”  

“We have high expectation for all schools in West Virginia and these schools have achieved the Board’s highest level of recognition. They should be very proud,” said Board President Johnson.  

The k-12 schools and career technical schools will be celebrated during a special ceremony later this year. For a complete list of Exemplary Schools, please visit the OEPA website at http://oepa.state.wv.us or contact Dr. Kenna Seal or Dr. Donna Davis at (304) 558-3766.

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