(10/31/2012)
Westest problems surfaced at Arnoldsburg Elementary School this year, with Calhoun Superintendent of Schools Roger Propst saying the problems caused the West Virginia Department of Education to invalidate test scores related to scores from an Arnoldsburg classroom.

After weeks of looking at the school's Westest data, first saying the school met the standards, the WVDE said the school failed for 2011-12 school year.

"Concerns about alleged irregularities in giving the WESTEST 2 in one of the classrooms at Arnoldsburg Elementary School last spring caused the West Virginia State Department of Education to invalidate test scores of 13 students to non-proficient status," said Propst.

Propst said, "This (problem) resulted in the school not achieving Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for school year 2011-12."

"We are working with the State Department to get to the bottom of it. Because this is a personnel matter. I cannot comment further," Propst said.

The result, a second year for Arnoldsburg school not meeting No Child Left Behind/Westest standards.

The Calhoun Board of Education has gone into executive session to discuss the matter, according to board minutes.

2011-12 was the first year Pleasant Hill Elementary did not meet the standards.

Calhoun-Middle High School has not meet the standards for for about six out of the last seven years.

Calhoun Schools in the latest 2011-12 report on reading achievement is next to bottom of the 55 counties at 54, but math outcomes have improved, with Calhoun at 47 of the 55 counties, according to Liza Cordeiro, Executive Director of Communication, WV Department of Education.


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