It'll be in late November at the earliest before the first report cards for the Mountain State's public schools from the new West Virginia A-F School Accountability System are released to students, parents and school communities.

The state Department of Education is pushing back a previously scheduled Nov. 10 announcement date for those grades at the request of county school officials, according to Kristin Anderson, department communications director.

"When we go public with this information, we want to make sure that it's completely accurate and correct," Anderson said.

Since Friday, Oct. 14, local school officials have been going through a "validation process," which is a full review of the determined grades. Appeals are being filed for any necessary corrections or adjustments.

"This time period has just been used for quality assurance so that schools and districts can really take a close look at their data, take a look at what is in the system, what's showing in the system and confirm if there are any inaccuracies," Anderson explained.

"What we were hearing as the appeal window was about to close from our districts is that they really were requesting more time."

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