Liberty Elementary honored by state

WEIRTON – Liberty Elementary School is among schools recently recognized by the West Virginia Department of Education, being named both a High Performing Reward School and a High Progress Reward School.

According to information provided by the Hancock County Board of Education, 28 schools in the state were selected as High Performing Reward Schools, while 22 schools were named High Progress Reward Schools.

Liberty Elementary is one of only 10 schools in West Virginia to receive both honors, according to officials.

In order to be considered a High Performing Reward School, a school must be in the top 10 percent of all schools in the WESTEST 2 reading/language arts and math scores and have a low achievement gap among their subgroups while also meeting their West Virginia Accountability Index target and annual measurable goals.

High Progress Reward Schools are identified as those in the top 10 percent of schools as ranked by the growth component of the West Virginia Accountability Index and be in the top quartile of the overall Accountability Index. Schools also must have a small achievement gap and meet target and annual measurable objectives.

The administration and staff of Liberty Elementary were recognized during the Feb. 10 meeting of the Hancock County Board of Education. A reception in the school’s honor also was held in the Hancock County Schools’ Central Office.