BOE discusses ‘accountability system’
by By John Conley email@example.com
The new West Virginia Accountability System is kicking No Child Left Behind to the curb.
Developed by the West Virginia Department of Education, the system takes a different approach to measuring a school’s progress, the Wyoming County Board of Education learned at last Monday’s meeting.
“It’s all individually school-based,” said Debbie Hall, testing coordinator.
The new system has two components, she explained: the West Virginia Accountability Index and Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs).
Accountability Indexes are different for each school, Hall noted. “Everybody has their own target,” she said.
The targets are based on previous testing results.
AMOs deal with developing proficiency in subgroups such as special education students and ethnic groups. (There must be at least 20 students in a category to qualify as a subgroup.) The goal, Hall noted, is to have 75 percent of subgroup students performing at proficiency level by 2020.
Under the accountability system, she pointed out, “you’re growing or you’re not growing.”
Schools fall into one of five categories: Success, transition, focus, support and priority.
Hall said the county has no schools on the priority list, which consists of the state’s lowest performing schools.
Blackwell said in an inteview this week that the county is scoring above the state average (53 to 48) in the percentage of students who achieve mastery or higher in language arts and two points below the state average (45 to 43) in the percentage who attain mastery or better in math.
“We’ll be working exceptionally hard (in math),” he commented.
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