The Times West Virginian

September 4, 2013

Schools face new accountability system

Online access to performance data makes ‘a clearer picture for parents’

By Kaylyn Christopher
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Beginning at 10 a.m. today, parents and community members will have viewing access to public school performance data through the new West Virginia Accountability System.

At Tuesday’s Marion County Board of Education meeting, Diane Furman, who is a test coordinator for Marion County Schools, spoke to board members about the new system.

“We have some new terminology,” Furman said. “No longer are we talking about AYP (adequate yearly progress). That phrase is long gone.”

Instead, schools will be seeking to meet annual measureable objectives and West Virginia Accountability Index (WVAI) standards.

“I think teachers and administrators will appreciate it because no longer are schools being compared to others,” Furman said. “Each school is really being judged on its own growth and own merits.”

The accountability system took data from 2012 to develop unique starting points for each school based on that information. The goal for each school is to have 75 percent of its students be proficient in math and reading and language arts by the year 2020.


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