WV school-by-school test results released

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WV school-by-school test results released
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Public schools in Charleston’s more affluent South Hills area had Kanawha County’s highest standardized testing proficiency rates last school year in math and English language arts, while an elementary school on the city’s low-income West Side had Kanawha’s lowest proficiency rate in English.

Additionally, a high school led by the 2016 West Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals’ principal of the year has the county’s lowest math proficiency rate.

The proficiency rates gaps are large. Though it could take perhaps countless hours to determine, if possible, exactly why each school got a certain proficiency rate, education experts said Wednesday that socioeconomic characteristics like family income are the biggest factor in how students score on standardized exams.

The West Virginia Department of Education has publicly released individual public schools’ standardized testing proficiency rates for the 2015-16 school year. You can look up your school’s performance by visiting, clicking on the big blue “ZoomWV Data Dashboard” button, and using the “State Assessment Results” tab in the blue bar at the top of the page you’re led to.

The proficiency rates shown include students’ scores on both the Smarter Balanced tests that most pupils take annually and scores from roughly 2,500 students statewide who took the West Virginia Alternate Assessment, which is given to the students who have the most significant cognitive disabilities.

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