Ohio County Board of Education Looks at Their Schools Performance

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 Every parent wants to know how their child is doing in school but a new report will let parents know how the school is doing.

According to new state accountability data based on the WesTest, some schools in Ohio County are doing great, others need to improve some. Ohio County school officials said their schools ranked number one in the state in reading and number two in math.

At a special Board of Education meeting Thursday night,  those schools discussed their plans.

“They’re working extra hours… The goal is to engage the students, make it better for them,” said Zac Shutler, the Principal at West Liberty and Bethlehem Elementary. “Hopefully we see the fruits of our labor realized with the next test, whenever that next test may be. Keep in mind, when that next test comes out, it’s not going to be apples to apples, it’s going to be apples to oranges anyway you slice it.”

“We do monthly rewards based on attendance, behavior and, in the higher grades, homework. And our rewards form monthly so we’re creating that buzz,” said Walt Saunders, Principal at Madison Elementary. “It’d be nice if we could tie it to the test but we’re tying it to education and the test scores should see a benefit from that.”

Sue McGuire, the Assessment and Federal Programs Director for Ohio County Schools, says the schools will improve.

“Our children are in our middle schools and elementary’s because we have outstanding ways to engage children,” said McGuire. “I’m confident in standing here and saying, as I do every time, I’m proud of their work, they give it their everything.”

The worst level is called “priority.” None of Ohio County’s schools landed in that category. In the middle range, they had six schools that were classed as “transition,” two as “support,” and two, Bridge Street and Warwood as “focus.”

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