(08/30/2005)
All three Calhoun County schools made Adequate Yearly Progress, according to the No Child Left Behind standards.

The announcement was made public by Dr. Steve Paine, State Superintendent of Schools, late last week.

Paine said the schools should be very proud of the increases in achievement on the part of the students at all schools.

The increases were widespread and although only math and reading/language arts are included in these calculations, improvements were made in almost every tested grade level at each school.

The teachers and administrators at the school have worked very hard to increase the level of learning of students to be consistent with the required increases in scores for WV students.

Calhoun students showed growth not only on the part of all students in grade levels but also showed growth in the areas of special education students as well as lower socio-economic status (free and reduced lunch) students. These are two of the areas particularly targeted by the No Child Left Behind legislation.

Ronald Blankenship, Superintendent, praised the work of all county teachers and administrators in focusing the curriculum on the tested skills and better preparing students not only for the test but for their futures.

"All of Calhoun County can be proud of the accomplishments of our students," Blankenship said.

Greg Cartwright, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, had presented preliminary results to the Calhoun County Board of Education at their regular meeting in August and was pleased when the official results from the West Virginia Department of Education confirmed the hopes of the educational community that all of the schools had achieved Adequate Yearly Progress.


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