|By Kelli Whytsell, Calhoun Superintendent of Schools|
West Virginia Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Steven Paine unveiled the results of West Virginia's Balanced Scorecard, the Mountain State's school accountability system.
The Balanced Scorecard outlines performance for each public school in West Virginia for the 2017-18 school year. The results provide parents, students, educators, and communities clear information on where their school is excelling and in what areas their school may need to improve.
Calhoun is proud of the hard work being done in classrooms as teachers work to prepare students with the skills and knowledge they need for successful futures.
The results identify where our schools are doing well and where they need additional support to meet long-term goals.
Calhoun County's Balanced Scorecard shows bright spots that we are proud to share with our community. Pleasant Hill and Arnoldsburg Elementary' s behavior, and Calhoun Middle/High School post-secondary achievement exceeds standards, Pleasant Hill Elementary English Language Arts, Arnoldsburg Elementary Math, and Calhoun Middle High School Graduation Rate/ Cohort Meets Standards.
We, like many schools in the state, have areas that we need to focus on improving. These identified areas are elementary attendance and high school math.
Calhoun County administrators shared the results of their Balanced Scorecards with the Board on Thursday, September 13th. Principals presented bright spots, as well as areas of needed improvement, followed by a plan as to how each school will tackle each area of needed improvement.
The Balanced Scorecard evaluates schools on the following indicators:
Performance in English language arts and math - this indicator considers test scores from the annual statewide assessment in grades 3-8 and 11.
Benchmark Indicator - this indicator measures student achievement on the state-provided benchmark assessment in grades 3-8.
Four- and five-year cohort graduation rates - this indicator considers the percentage of students who graduate in four and five years at the high school level.
English language learner progress - this indicator measures how well students who are learning English as a second language are progressing in their mastery of the English language in the four domains of speaking, reading, writing and listening.
Student success - this indicator considers the percentage of elementary and middle school students with greater than 90% attendance and students with no out-of-school suspensions. At the high school level, this indicator considers students with greater than 90% attendance; number of credits earned by 10th graders; and, completion of CTE programs, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate credits, and dual credit college courses among 12th graders.
Within each indicator, schools earn one of four performance levels: Exceeds Standard, Meets Standard, Partially Meets Standard or Does Not Meet Standard.
The Balanced Scorecard meets the school accountability requirements of the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA), which reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). A major part of each state has required ESSA plan is an accountability system that establishes annual measurable objectives.
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