By Kyle Lovern
September 22, 2013
CINDERELLA - Recently released results of the state’s new accountability system are very encouraging for Mingo County. According to the W. Va. Department of Education, seven Mingo County schools have been designated as Success schools. The information is part of W. Va’s. new accountability system which is the result of WV receiving flexibility from the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act from the U.S. Department of Education. The old system of making Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) no longer exists.
Under the new accountability system, schools and students receive a score for factors such as the percentage of students meeting grade level expectations for proficiency, how much a school has closed its achievement gap between groups of students, how much improvement students are showing, attendance rates for elementary and middle schools, and graduation rates for high schools. Based on the scores, each school is then designated as a Success, Transition, Support, Focus, or Priority school.
Burch Elementary, Dingess Elementary, Matewan Elementary, Gilbert Middle, Matewan Middle, Mingo Central, and Tug Valley met both the student performance requirements and student improvement targets, thereby earning distinction as Success schools. Gilbert Elementary, Kermit K-8, and Riverside Elementary, earned Transition designation by meeting either the student performance requirements or the improvement targets. These ten schools will be reviewed to identify whether they meet the criteria for High Progress or High Achieving schools, and, if so, will be recognized as Reward schools.
Randy Keathley, Superintendent of Mingo County Schools, commented, “I am very pleased with the accountability results and especially proud that 54 percent of our schools have been designated as Success schools. The percentage of Success schools statewide is only around 30 percent.”
Burch Middle and Lenore K-8 have been designated as Support schools and will receive additional assistance through the local school system and the Regional Education Service Agency. Williamson Middle School was designated as a Priority school due to persistently low achievement, but was closed this year with the opening of the Williamson Pre K – 8 School.
Accountability information for every WV public school is available at http://wvde.state.wv.us/esea/performance/scores.php.