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Area school districts reflect on test results

WHEELING — The 2019 “Balanced Scorecards” for Northern Panhandle school districts are in, with results showing most school districts lagging in mathematics — and others having issues with attendance.

The West Virginia Department of Education released the “Balanced Scorecards” this week, which will be used by educators to evaluate school performance.

Results tell them whether their schools exceed pre-determined standards, meet standards, partially meet standards or fail to achieve standards.

Results in the areas of language arts and math are measured, with other factors such as attendance and graduation rates recorded.

¯ In Brooke County Schools, Brooke Middle School failed to meet the standards set for language arts, math or attendance.

Brooke Intermediate School North and Brooke Intermediate School South both only partially met standards for math and language arts, with the north school only meeting standards for attendance.

Brooke High School failed to meet standards for math, and only partially met those for language arts. Attendance there also was listed as falling below standards.

¯ In Hancock County Schools, neither Oak Glen nor Weir high schools met the standards for math. Both achieved partial standards for language arts.

Weir High School failed to meet attendance standards, while Oak Glen partially met the standard.

A.T. Allison and New Manchester elementary schools did meet the standards set for math, and both schools scored a partial achievement of language arts mastery.

Other schools in the district — Weirton Elementary, Oak Glen and Weir Middle schools, all partially met math and language arts standards.

Attendance rates at Oak Glen and Weir middle schools did not meet standards.

In Ohio County, Wheeling Middle School was the only school not meeting the standards for attendance. The school’s results only partially met the standards for language arts, and were below average for math.

At Wheeling Park High School, math scores also failed to meet standards, while language arts results only partially met the mark.

Attendance at WPHS also only partially met standards, as did the number of students reported to be on track to graduation. On a positive note, the overall graduation rate was above the standard.

Neither Wheeling Middle School Principal Rich McArdle nor WPHS Principal Amy Minch immediately returned calls seeking comment.

The bright spots were at four of the district’s elementary schools, which all met or exceeded standards for math and language arts. This was achieved at Bethlehem, Ritchie, Steenrod and West Liberty elementary schools.

Elm Grove and Middle Creek elementaries partially met the standards for math and language arts, while students at Woodsdale and Madison elementaries hit the mark for math but lagged in language arts.

Madison Elementary also only partially met the standard set for attendance.

Attendance was also an issue among the school district’s other middle schools, where Bridge Street, Triadelphia, and Warwood schools only partially met attendance standards.

Triadelphia Middle School met the standards for language arts, while the Warwood School did not meet the standards set for math. The middle schools otherwise only partially made their marks for math and language arts achievement.

Ohio County Schools Superintendent Kim Miller said school system administrators are already reviewing testing data. She noted that Ohio County Schools has held data-analysis academies, and school system administrators have attended data-analysis conferences held by the West Virginia Department of Education.

“We were thrilled with our areas of growth,” Miller said. “We are proud of the results from Ritchie Elementary School and Triadelphia Middle School in reading/language arts, and Madison Elementary School in mathematics. We have met with teachers, and we are diving into the data to find deficit areas, and we will continue to move our students forward.

“This just one measure (of student achievement). We will focus on math and reading, and at the high school level, we will make sure our students are college and career ready. We have ongoing benchmark testing to continually see how we are doing in the classroom.”

Miller thinks the technology implemented by Ohio County Schools in recent months will help to improve student test scores. All students in grades 6-12 have been given Chromebooks for their school work.

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