PRUNTYTOWN—A few weeks ago, the West Virginia Department of Education released the West Virginia Balanced Scorecard for the 2018-2019 school year. During last week’s Taylor County Board of Education meeting, the results for the county were discussed.
Superintendent Christy Miller told the board members that she was very pleased with the results and the county has seen growth in many areas.
“We have a lot to celebrate this year within our school system regarding our test results,” she reported.
Miller showed the board members the scorecard for the county, as a whole, and for each individual school.
During the discussion, she highlighted the areas of growth each school has seen and the areas they are continuing to work on.
Miller reported that overall, the elementary schools and the middle school are partially meeting standards, meets standards, or exceeds standards in all areas.
One school that was talked about in particular, was Anna Jarvis Elementary School and the growth the school has seen in the past year.
“The staff and administration have worked so hard, and I am very proud of them,” she expressed.
At Grafton High School the school is partially meeting standards, meets standards or exceeds standards in all areas expect for mathematics.
Grafton High School Principal Lori Shumaker was present at the meeting and told the board the math scores across the state are low and it’s an ongoing issue.
According to the Balanced Scorecard, 14 percent of high schools do not meet the standard, 78 percent of high schools partially meet the standard and 9percent meet the standard.
Shumaker told the board that after having meetings with other high school principals, that one of the issues with students not reaching the standard in math lies within grades sixth through ninth.
“I taught mathematics for three years in an applied math classroom,” she reported. “It was a very much hands on experience, and I saw students grow and understand math.”
Shumaker explained to the board members that applied math is no longer an option in the state, and she is part of a group that is petitioning that applied mathematics be brought back into the curriculum.
Board member Douglas Flohr asked Shumaker what they could do to help change math at the high school.
“Continue to support as we look at curriculum changes, continued support to teachers to have more time to find ways to shake up our curriculum and continue with the double block math at the middle school to try to get students closer to be ready for algebra,” she answered.
Miller told the board that they would like to adapt the Math 180 program to help students at the middle school and discussed some of the other programs they will be continuing and implementing throughout the county.
“We have had wonderful results with the Read 180 program at the middle school, and I think the Math 180 will also be beneficial to students, as well,” said Miller.
“I am pleased overall with the improvements, we do have and would like to thank our fantastic teachers for going above and beyond,” Miller voiced.
The results for the county and each school can be found at https://wvde.us/.