Board Reviews Summative Assessment Results
At the Aug. 21 meeting of the Wetzel County Board of Education, Director of Secondary and Vocational Education, Student Assessment and Strategic Planning Tammy Wells provided the board with an outlook on students’ performance in the General Summative Assessment for 2016-2017.
Overall as a county, in English/Language Arts, there was a decline in grades four, five, six, and seven, but an increase in grades eight and 11. Assessments were not administered to grades nine and ten.
In mathematics, there was an improvement in grades seven, eight, and 11, but a decline in grades four, five, and six. County English Language Arts proficiency rates last year, by graduating class, were as follows: Class of 2025, 37 percent (decrease from 48 percent in 2015); Class of 2024, 37 percent (decease from 45 percent in 2015); Class of 2023, 33 percent (decrease from 45 percent in 2015); Class of 2021, 44 percent (increase from 41 percent in 2015); Class of 2018, 41 percent (increase from 35 percent in 2015).
Mathematics proficiency rates were as follows: Class of 2025, 34 percent (decrease from 52 percent in 2015); Class of 2024, 22 percent (decrease from 33 percent in 2015); Class of 2023, 17 percent (decrease from 18 percent in 2015); Class of 2022, 31 percent (increase from 18 percent in 2015); Class of 2021, 25 percent (same as 2015 rate); Class of 2018, 13 percent (increase from 8 percent in 2015).
Wells provided assessment data for 2014-2017, for each school. The following are some highlights, according to the data:
Long Drain School’s Class of 2022 had a 16 percent proficiency rate, in Mathematics, as sixth graders. As seventh graders, the class had 32 proficiency.
New Martinsville School’s Class of 2022 had an 18 percent proficiency rate in Mathematics, as sixth graders. As seventh graders, the class scored 37 percent proficiency.
Short Line School’s Class of 2022 scored 40 percent proficiency in English Language Arts, as sixth graders. As seventh graders, the class scored 57 percent proficiency.
Hundred High School’s Class of 2018 scored 4 percent proficiency in Math, as 9th and 10th graders. As 11th graders, the Class of 2018 scored 10 percent proficiency.
Paden City High School’s Class of 2018 scored 27 proficiency in English Language Arts, as 10th graders. As 11th graders, the class scored 39 percent proficiency.
Valley High School’s Class of 2018 scored 39 percent proficiency in English Language Arts, as 10th graders. As 11th graders, the class mastered 47 percent proficiency. The same class had five percent proficiency in Math, as 10th graders. As 11th graders, the class met 18 percent proficiency.
More information on test results will most likely be available at the upcoming special Local School Improvement Council meetings that the school board attends.
In past years, the county’s principals have discussed their respective school’s results at the meetings.
Board Member Joshua Balcerek asked if individual student reports would be available for parents, and Wells said the results are available and she would be making copies to send to the schools, for the schools to send home with an explanatory brochure and letter to the parents.
As far as testing for the 2017-2018 school year, Superintendent Ed Toman said there was discussion on the matter at the last state superintendent’s conference, but no decision was made. Wells said the high school students would be taking the ACT Aspire test, to prepare them for the ACT. The elementary schools would be administering the STAR assessment. Toman stressed he wants a good benchmark.
The following matters were approved at the Aug. 21 meeting of the Wetzel County Board of Education:
Joshua D. King, acceptance of resignation from position as head baseball coach at Hundred High School, effective immediately.
Jeanne L. Scherer, acceptance of resignation from position as social studies teacher at Paden City High School, effective Aug. 14.
Katie L. Burk, approval for employment as fourth grade teacher at Long Drain School, effective Aug. 17.
Melissa J. Landis Approval for change in assignment from Countywide Substitute Teacher to Sixth Grade Teacher at New Martinsville School, effective August 17, 2017.
Chad M. Flowers, approval for change in assignment from countywide substitute bus operator to bus operator Bus #50, Route 20/Chiselfinger/State Run Road/Fluharty Run, effective Aug. 17.
Tiffany R. Heinzman, approval for employment as co-athletic trainer at PCHS, effective the beginning of the 2017-18 WVSSAC Season.
Approval of request from the Office of Special Education to adopt Policy 2419, Regulations for the Education of Students with Exceptionalities, as the county’s policies and procedures for preschool, early childhood, middle childhood, adolescent and adult students whose educational programs require special education and related services, effective Aug. 14.