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Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County

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West Virginia Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Steven Paine unveiled the results of West Virginia’s Balanced Scorecard, the Mountain State’s school accountability system on September 13, 2018. The Balanced Scorecard outlines performance for each public school in West Virginia for the 2017-18 school year. The results provide parents, students, educators and communities clear information on where their school is excelling and in what areas their school may need to improve.

Superintendent, Patricia Lowther stated that she is, “Proud of the hard work being done in classrooms of Gilmer County as teachers work to prepare students with the skills and knowledge they need to be College or Career ready.” She also noted that, “The results identify where our schools are doing well and where they need additional support in order to meet long-term goals. Through data analysis our schools are working to celebrate successes and address deficiencies. Gilmer exceeded the standards for Graduation Rate, Behavior, and Post Secondary Achievement and will continue to work to maintain these high standards and improve in all areas.”

The Balanced Scorecard evaluates schools on the following indicators:

Performance in English language arts and math – this indicator considers test scores from the annual statewide assessment in grades 3-8 and 11.

Benchmark Indicator – this indicator measures student achievement on the state-provided benchmark assessment in grades 3-8.

Four- and five-year cohort graduation rates – this indicator considers the percentage of students who graduate in four and five years at the high school level.

English language learner progress – this indicator measures how well students who are learning English as a second language are progressing in their mastery of the English language in the four domains of speaking, reading, writing and listening.

Student success – this indicator considers the percentage of elementary and middle school students with greater than 90% attendance and students with no out-of-school suspensions. At the high school level, this indicator considers students with greater than 90% attendance; number of credits earned by 10th graders; and, completion of CTE programs, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate credits, and dual credit college courses among 12th graders. Within each indicator, schools earn one of four performance levels: Exceeds Standard, Meets Standard, Partially Meets Standard or Does Not Meet Standard.

The Balanced Scorecard meets the school accountability requirements of the bipartisan Every

Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA), which reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). A major part of each state’s required ESSA plan is an accountability system that establishes annual measurable objectives.

To support teachers and schools as they continue to strengthen instruction, the [COUNTY] is [Insert resources, professional development supports, etc.]

To review the Balanced Scorecard for Gilmer and access additional resources, visit www.mywvschool.org.


The following scores represent the data collected during the 2018 Spring Assessment Window. It does not represent county accountability data, which will include additional factors such as attendance, discipline, and Classroom Benchmark Assessments in order to determine Annual Yearly Progress. The scores in grades 3-8 are those determined by the WV General Summative Assessment while the scores for Grade 11 were determined by the SAT.

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The BOE and Mrs Lowther deserve high praise for disclosing proficiency information to the public.

It is the first time since 2011 anything like this has happened.

We still do not know about results for science, and it is understood that Charleston is still “working” on it.

Now we know our serious shortcomings in math and English and there is new hope for burrowing out of the mess with everyone in Gilmer working together.

Comment by Thanks Gilmer BOE  on  10.03.2018

What is the BOE’s proficiency goal for English and mathematics and what is the time frame for achieving the goal? That is news citizens want.

Then too, how can citizens at large get involved to honor and to encourage students who improve, and what of a similar nature could be done to give special recognition to outstanding teachers who contribute to improved learning for English and math?

Comment by Positive Changes Made By New BOE  on  10.04.2018

The comment about need to find out what was done at high performance schools to determine what we could do in Gilmer County to get the same results merits a comment.

The comment flags what is wrong with the State BOE in failing to provide effective leadership.

Does anyone recall a single instance, after tens of millions of dollars were spent on amassing data, when the State BOE did anything to effectively address lessons learned at high performance schools for application at other schools?

Of course not! It is the easy way out for those in high income brackets in Charleston to collect data instead of using it to the maximum to take full advantage of lessons learned.

Could the WV School Board Association help fill the gap?

Comment by Lost Opportunity  on  10.07.2018

There is a continuum for sophistication regarding what is done with data.

Collecting and compiling it is at the low end of sophistication.

Synthesis is at the high end.

This means using results and other information to make specific recommendations for making improvements.

The State took its typical easy way out by failing to go beyond the data compilation stage.

Comment by Easy Way Out  on  10.10.2018

Stop living the delusion the state will fix education.
They have caused the problem.
Remember, for them, job one IS job protection.

Rare in history, that the cause of a problem, has come forth with a solution to what they have caused. They keep resetting testing standards so as not have any ‘yardstick’ they can be measured against.  Apparently people just don’t get it?  And the WVBOE is so happy about that.

Comment by it-ain't-a-gonna-happen. period.  on  10.12.2018

All nice but a small request? Can we simplify some of the language?  Don’t mean to be rude, but fancy works aren’t needed for the Truth.

Comment by Reader7  on  10.12.2018

Lol 7, you do not wish to engage in a pedantic colloquy?

Comment by Smart Feller  on  10.13.2018

Correct.  I do not wish to engage in back and forth useless ‘banter’ with big words and no results.  What I AM interested in is Gilmer County, in all it’s ways.  Education, Food, Law and Transparency.  Fancy words are often used to hide, divide, and distract..  Plain words speaking truth for the safety and well being of the people is what I’m looking for..  Gilmer is suffering… I want it to stop. I want to see the citizens healthy, educated and strong. I want to see more jobs instead of food banks.  I want Committee meetings for all to see. I want the law to do what it should, when it should.  Plain english would work fine.  Thanks for asking.

Comment by Reader7  on  10.14.2018

“engage in pedantic colloquy?“

No Bill.

Comment by WEKNOWYOU  on  10.14.2018

Looked at the strategic plan for the GCES. It is a major achievement for the new GCBE to provide the information to the public.

Suggestion. Could the GCBOE post a meaning of all abbreviations in the plan? Doing that would make it far easier for readers to understand details in the plan.

Comment by Help Understanding  on  10.17.2018

A characteristic of a good strategic plan is to simplify language to enable a clear understanding of all its details.

Regarding the comment about abbreviations, a simple fix for them and terms (e.g. lexile) would be to insert an asterisk or a footnote symbol the first time one of them is used to refer readers to a section at the end of the documents where the entries are defined.

This comment is not intended to be a criticism. All specialty fields have a language of their own including the teaching profession.

Suggested clarity improvements in the plans would not be time consuming for principals at the County’s two schools.

Comment by Clarity Is Always Good  on  10.18.2018

Reader 7, please give details for your suggested solutions to the County’s concerns you addressed.

The information would be helpful for consideration by school system administrators and the general public.

Comment by Details Please  on  10.26.2018

Well thank you, Details Please,  for asking!  So many problems in Gilmer and education is just one.  Look at the town, take a good look around.  Remember who runs unopposed at election time.  Vote.  Make a difference.  Hold authority figures responsible.  Allow videos, minutes and more to be shared on GFP again, for transparency.  Know your neighbors, help a friend.  Be good to each other. Amen.

Comment by Reader7  on  10.29.2018
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