September 13, 2018
Results Provide Valuable Information on Schools’ Success and Areas Needing Improvement
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Today the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) unveiled the West Virginia Schools Balanced Scorecard (Balanced Scorecard), which outlines accountability ratings for each public school in the Mountain State as part of West Virginia’s School Accountability System (WVAS).
Schools were evaluated on four indicators including academic performance, English learner proficiency, student success and a benchmark indicator at the elementary and middle school levels and graduation rates at the high school level. Each public school in the state will receive a scorecard that provides parents, students, educators and communities an annual update on multiple measures that together show how well students are learning, growing and achieving. The Balanced Scorecard is used to outline clear information on where schools are excelling and in what areas schools may need to improve.
The Balanced Scorecard also meets the school accountability requirements of the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. A major part of each state’s required ESSA plan is an accountability system that establishes annual measurable objectives.
“We chose to utilize a balanced scorecard to depict statewide accountability ratings in a more fair and accurate manner in order to accelerate student learning,” said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steven Paine. “The balanced scorecard allows schools to review multiple measures and more specifically pinpoint their strengths and weaknesses.”
The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) eliminated the A-F accountability system, previously used to outline accountability ratings, in favor of a balanced approach to school accountability. The Balanced Scorecard was chosen by the WVBE and tailored to meet the specific needs of West Virginia. The system helps ensure parents have objective information on their students’ academic achievement, while empowering state and district leaders to identify struggling students and schools.
The West Virginia Department of Education and county school systems will provide resources and support to schools, parents and teachers to increase student performance in areas of need for each school.
For more information on the Balanced Scorecard and to view school results, visit www.mywvschool.org.