School Accountability Grade

November 16, 2016 Good Afternoon,

At this morning’s state board of education meeting, school results for the new A-F School Accountability System were approved. Accountability systems are designed to provide parents and communities with an annual update to show how well students are learning and achieving.

With this new system, schools are awarded points based off of information that includes student performance on the end of year summative assessment, individual student improvement from the previous year’s assessment, and attendance.

Once all school scores were calculated, target scores were identified such that the following percentage of Middle schools in West Virginia would be represented by each corresponding designation:

4% Distinctive Student Performance

19% Commendable Student Performance

54% Acceptable Student Performance

19% Unacceptable Student Performance

4% Lowest Student Performance

Based on the distribution of points and the target scores our school has been assigned the designation of Commendable Student Performance the letter grade associated with this language is B.

We are extremely proud of our staff and especially our students! Their persistence and perseverance over the past years have really paid off. I am so proud of South students for taking the time on the General Summative Assessment to do their best and utilize the skills teachers helped them to develop throughout the 2016 school year. We are proud as an administration team to have such a remarkable staff, and we are honored to work with our students at South every day. Be sure to take this moment to celebrate with us the success of our school’s results. Congratulate your child, and raise your heads proudly to our community as we stand amongst the other great schools in Monongalia County.

Target Scores will not change for next year giving our school a clear aim of what we are working toward. Most importantly, we continue our dedication to making certain that all students are successful.

You can access more information about state accountability on the home page of the state department website - http://wvde.state.wv.us/a-f/.