Juan D'Brot from MetroNews 'Talkline'

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A West Virginia education official said the latest results from WESTEST 2, the state’s yearly assessment of student skills, serve as proof that major improvements are still needed within the state’s education system.

“We’re showing some improvement but, really, the improvement is not moving fast enough,” said Juan D’Brot, executive director of the Department of Education’s Office of Assessment and Accountability.  “Part of the challenge is that it is a really big problem.”

D’Brot was a guest on Monday’s MetroNews “Talkline.”

Results from WESTEST 2 were released on September 4 and showed 49 percent of the state’s students are proficient in reading while 46 percent are proficient in math.  New data, though, showed that many of those proficient students are not improving their skills at expected rates.

Based on those results, each West Virginia school is now in one of five categories: success, transition, focus, support or priority.  It’s a system that is designed to more effectively identify struggling schools and better directs resources to those schools.

Schools are only labeled success schools if the majority of students met annual academic goals in math and language arts and the school has met goals in attendance or graduation rates, student academic growth, student success on WESTEST 2 and learning gaps between student groups are small.

The results of WESTEST 2 are available at http://wvde.state.wv.us/esea/performance/.

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Comments

  • Jim

    Here it is pushing mid October and still nothing on the Bd of Ed website. Where are the statewide actual results, not the puffery and silly massaging?

  • Jim

    Well, Rhonda, there aren't many of us who are finding this place. I found it by Googling WesTest2 results 2013. One 'hit' actually stated that the WestTest2 2013 results could be found through a provided link. It could not. The 'hit' was to the WV Dept of Education where the 2013 data remain unposted. Oh, one can find the statewide reading and math abysmal results. Half the state's students did not meet the minimum proficiency standard in Reading and more than half failed to meet the mark in Math. But try to find the county breakdown or results by school and, well, best of luck with that. Maybe they're hoping that no one will ask if the data are kept secret. So far, it seems to be working, inasmuch as the results were available to the state more than a month ago now.

  • Rhonda

    I am always amazed at how 'outsiders' always comment about how true West Virginians don't care much for 'outsiders' and then the 'outsiders' like this guy from Peru....comes in and attempts to make 'our' cities/towns the cesspools that they came from. Then wonder in amazement 'why' we citizens/parents start voting the supporters in our legislator of this garbage OUT! We know what this curriculum is all about and we WILL vote accordingly.

  • Rhonda

    News flash to the left; WV citizens/parents are 'not' deceived by this UNcommon Core standardized indoctrination.

  • Rhonda

    You are both correct. Really research "Common Core" standards these radicals on left are using now and see what the 'true' agenda is. It is 'not' teaching children. It's the left's radical agenda. Just a matter of time too when these people will outlaw private schooling and homeschooling as they can't 'indoctrinate' with lies, deceit, if your children aren't in their classrooms.

    Very dangerous education being brought into WV and you can thank Manchin as he cheerfully gives accolades for this liberal agenda for your children. Parents...beware!

  • Jim

    What a crock! After years of hoping that test results will rise, the state has now devised a way to hide the results. A school is now rated on a variety of fanciful factors and each is assigned a percentage value. 65% of a school's overall grade is other than performance now. If that's not enough, the Dept of Education has not yet posted the 2013 WesTest2 results. Gee, I wonder why. If the results were good, they would have been plastered all over the place. Here's an idea: Tie teacher salaries and performance ratings to test results. It's called managing for results. I won't hold my breath on that, thanks.

  • Tim McClung

    Juan D'Brot is a dangerous person when it comes to students and teachers. He looks at everything the prism of one of five categories: success, transition, focus, support or priority. Learning is personal and no standard test can measure individual growth or interest. Be careful, data-driven decision-making usually results in misguided mandates and policies because nobody seems to want to ask students and teachers if they have everything they need to be successful, D'brot paints broad strokes when it comes to schools and students and that always means that the finer details will be covered up.