CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state board of education has scrapped the system where schools were assigned letter grades.
The board recently voted to undo the measure which gained scorn from some educators and administrators.
As part of the scheme, schools were given grades based on four criteria.
Improvement was measured by examining the number of students who are on track to achieve at their grade level in reading and math.
The DOE website noted points were earned for school persistence for, “…students participating in learning opportunities and graduating on time as measured by attendance and the reduction of the number of students at-risk for dropping out.”
Points in post-secondary readiness were earned by students passing advanced placement tests, scores for college credits and technical education.
Schools were given an “A” for distinctive performance, a “B” for commendable performance, a “C” for acceptable performance, a “D” for unacceptable student performance and an “F” for lowest student performance.
Some schools noted the lack of qualified teachers hurt their scores, and many others found error in using standardized tests in figuring a school’s grade.
While much importance is placed on the standardized tests given each year, they have no bearing on a student’s advancement, report cards or overall academic career.
Standardized testing cold also change in the state. Senate Bill 18 is currently making its way through committees, and it would replace the Smarter Balance assessment with national assessments like the ACT and ACT Aspire.
Reports from the Associated Press say the state board is currently developing a new system to evaluate school performance.
In 2016, Logan County Schools were assigned the following grades:
South Man Elementary — A
Buffalo Elementary — B
Justice Elementary — B
Logan Elementary — B
Holden Elementary — C
Man Elementary — C
Omar Elementary — C
Verdunville Elementary — C
West Chapmanville Elementary — C
Chapmanville Middle — C
Logan High — C
Chapmanville East Elementary — D
Hugh Dingess Elementary — D
Logan Middle — D
Chapmanville Regional High — D
Man High — D
Man Middle — F
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 or by email at [email protected]