Exemplary Accreditation Status Schools Are Honored

November 15, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Fifty-eight schools from across West Virginia, including elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and career technical centers and programs, were honored Thursday for achieving Exemplary Accreditation status. Three others also were recognized for being among 269 schools nationwide named 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools.  

Exemplary distinction is the gold standard of educational achievement, said Gus Penix, director of the Office of Education Performance Audits. Schools must meet a set of rigorous standards to achieve such status:

-All schools will be ranked by the percent proficient in each subject, including reading/language arts, math, science, social studies as well as the Writing Assessment. Schools earning the top combined ranking will be eligible for the next step of ranking on a student achievement index. All students in each school will be ranked by a student achievement index in each subject on the WESTEST2 and Writing Assessment with progressive weighting for scores at each performance level (.25 for Below Mastery, .5 for Mastery, .75 for Above Mastery, and 1.0 for Distinguished) and aggregated for a total ranking. The top 10 percent weighted ranking for elementary, middle and high schools will be designated as Exemplary if other criteria are met.

-The student attendance rate is at or above 94 percent in the most recent year for which data are available

-The percentage of students who successfully complete Advanced Placement, dual credit and honors classes as defined in Policy 2510 is at or above five percent in high schools.

Career technical centers also have strenuous criteria to meet. Such schools must meet a minimum of 95 percent of school performance standards across all concentrations; have a 97 percent job placement or continuing education rate; and a 75 percent in-field job placement and continuing education rate, among other requirements.

The following schools earned 2012-2013 Exemplary Accreditation status:  

BERKELEY Inwood Primary School
BRAXTON Davis Elementary School
CABELL Meadows Elementary School
  Ona Elementary School
GREENBRIER White Sulphur Elementary School
HARRISON Johnson Elementary School
  Simpson Elementary School
  Bridgeport Middle School
  Bridgeport High School
JACKSON Evans Elementary School
JEFFERSON C. W. Shipley Elementary School
  Driswood Elementary School
  Shepherdstown Elementary School
KANAWHA Chamberlain Elementary School
  Holz Elementary School
  Kenna Elementary School
  Montrose Elementary School
  Overbrook Elementary School
  Weberwood Elementary School
  Horace Mann Middle School
  John Adams Middle School
  George Washington High School
  Nitro High School
MARION East Dale Elementary School
  White Hall Elementary School
  Fairview Middle School
  Monongah Middle School
  Fairmont Senior High School
MINERAL Frankfort High School
MONONGALIA Suncrest Primary School
  Cheat Lake Elementary School
  Suncrest Middle School
  Morgantown High School
NICHOLAS Panther Creek Elementary School
OHIO Bethlehem Elementary School
  Steenrod Elementary School
  West Liberty Elementary School
  Woodsdale Elementary School
  Bridge Street Middle School
  Triadelphia Middle School
PENDLETON North Fork Elementary School
PUTNAM Confidence Elementary School
  Eastbrook Elementary School
  Hurricane Town Elementary School
  Mountain View Elementary School
  Poca Elementary School
  Scott Teays Elementary School
  West Teays Elementary School
  Poca Middle School
  Hurricane High School
  Winfield High School
RALEIGH Crescent Elementary School
  Maxwell Hill Elementary School
RANDOLPH Pickens Elementary/High School
WOOD Greenmont Elementary School
  Neale Elementary School
  Vienna Elementary School
FAYETTE Fayette Institute of Technology
KANAWHA Garnet Career Center
MERCER Mercer County Technical Education Center
RANDOLPH Randolph Technical Center
BROOKE Brooke High School
WAYNE Spring Valley High School
HARRISON Bridgeport Middle School
KANAWHA Kenna Elementary School
PUTNAM Confidence Elementary School

For more information, contact the OEPA at (304) 558-3788, or the Office of Communication at (304) 558-2699.

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