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WVDE recognizes 42 schools for high performance and progress
By Carrie Hodousek, WV MetroNews

The West Virginia Department of Education announced the 2014-2015 Reward Schools list Thursday. Forty-two schools statewide were honored for high performance and progress.

The state DOE determined where schools were placed on the list based on results from the WESTEST2 conducted in the spring of 2014.

Melanie Purkey, executive director of the state DOE Office of Federal Programs, said the Reward Schools are identified in two categories.

High Performing Reward Schools exhibit the top 10% highest absolute performance and do not have persistent achievement gaps between student groups. High Progress Reward Schools are transition schools that look at progress in the growth component of the WV Accountability Index with no significant achievement gaps across student groups.

Purkey said some West Virginia schools may fall under both categories.

“You may also be a school that is not in that top 10% of performance yet, but your student performance is improving at a higher rate than other schools in the state,” said Purkey.

Evans Elementary School in Jackson County is listed as both a High Performing and High Progress Reward School. Evans also received the same award recognition the previous school year for 2013-2014.

Matthew Howery, the principal at Evans, said he believes their performance is being recognized because they value education through a team effort between students, teachers, and parents.

“Not only do our teachers work hard with some of our students that may struggle, but then we also get parent assistance,” said Howery, “When everybody works together in a student’s best interest great things can happen.”

Howery said they focus on students who may struggle in school by offering extra help during the school day with reading teachers and after school tutoring.

Howery said they plan to maintain their success by continuing to offer these programs. He said the job as a teacher is never “done.”

“Each year there is a new crop of kids that come in and if you stop working to get better, you’ll only get worse. You need to recognize their weaknesses and strengths and you work to continue to develop them,” said Howery.

For High Performance Reward Schools, the 2014-2015 county list includes and lists the schools who received the same honor in 2013-2014:

Hardy:

 East Hardy High

Harrison:

 Bridgeport High, 2013-2014

Jackson:

 Evans Elementary, 2013-2014

Kanawha:

 George Washington High, 2013-2014

 John Adams Middle, 2013-2014

 Kenna Elementary, 2013-2014

 Montrose Elementary

Marion:

 Pleasant Valley Elementary, 2013-2014

 White Hall Elementary, 2013-2014

Mineral:

 New Creek Primary

Monongalia:

 Suncrest Middle, 2013-2014

Nicholas:

 Panther Creek Elementary, 2013-2014

Ohio:

 Steenrod Elementary, 2013-2014

 West Liberty Elementary, 2013-2014

Punam:

 West Teays Elementary, 2013-2014

Raleigh:

 Crescent Elementary, 2013-2014

Webster:

 Hacker Valley Elementary

Wood:

 Greenmont Elementary

 For High Progress Reward Schools, the 2014-2015 county list includes and lists the schools who received the same honor in 2013-2014:

Boone:

 Ashford-Rumble Elementary

Gilmer:

 Normantown Elementary

 Sand Fork Elementary

Greenbrier:

 White Sulphur Elementary

Hancock:

 New Manchester Elementary

Hardy:

 East Hardy High

Jackson:

 Evans Elementary, 2013-2014

 Fairplain Elementary

Jefferson:

 Ranson Elementary, 2013-2014

Kanawha:

 Belle Elementary

 Cross Lanes Elementary

 Pinch Elementary

 Weberwood Elementary

Marion:

 Monongah Middle

 Pleasant Valley Elementary, 2013-2014

Mingo:

 Gilbert Elementary

Monongalia:

 Suncrest Middle, 2013-2014

Monroe:

 Peterstown Middle

Nicholas:

 Glade Creek Elementary, 2013-2014

 Mt Nebo Elementary

 Panther Creek Elementary, 2013-2014

Ohio:

 Steenrod Elementary

Pendleton:

 Brandywine Elementary, 2013-2014

Pocahontas:

 Hillsboro Elementary

Raleigh:

 Crescent Elementary, 2013-2014

Taylor:

 Flemington Elementary, 2013-2014