By Jessica Borders
Times West Virginian
East Fairmont Junior High School is among the schools in West Virginia pinpointed as having significant learning gaps.
The West Virginia Department of Education recently named 97 schools in 39 of the state’s counties as focus schools under its new system for student achievement and school accountability. The list was determined using the 2012 WESTEST 2 scores for elementary and middle schools and the graduation rates for high schools.
Liza Cordeiro, spokesperson for the Department of Education, said the state used the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), or the No Child Left Behind Act, which was based on Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), as its accountability system for years.
But that system has been pushed aside in West Virginia, she said, with approval from the U.S. Department of Education.