WILLIAMSON – Mingo County Schools announced on Friday that publicly-released results of 2015-16 statewide assessments show the district is leading the region in academic achievement, and continuing to move forward as one of the most improved districts in all of West Virginia.
Mingo County Schools Interim Superintendent Donald Spence discussed the results stating, “What we are excited about is the improvement from last year’s scores to the results from this year. It validates the efforts of our teachers, students and support staff have put into it. It is exciting. Any time you can show improvement- that’s huge. “
According to West Virginia General Summative Assessment results released online by the West Virginia Department of Education earlier this week, Mingo County students displayed the highest proficiency rates and made the biggest gains in proficiency in both Math and Reading in all of RESA II. RESA II is one of eight regional service agencies across the state, serving the southwestern counties of Cabell, Mason, Wayne, Lincoln, Logan, and Mingo.
Additionally, Mingo County moved from 50th in the state in Math proficiency to 28th out of 55 counties, and from 33rd to 16th in Reading. Mingo’s improvement in Math proficiency narrowly ranked second in the state behind Barbour County, while its improvement in Reading ranked 7th. Overall, Mingo County showed more improvement in Math and Reading proficiency rates than all but one county in the state (Barbour). Spence explained the scores stating, “The biggest thing about this is that it is showing improvement. This is telling you where we went to compared to the growth in the other counties. We are number seven (7) in the state in reading. That is where we went to. We did really well. In Math, we grew more than any other county except for Barbour County.”
Just less than two years ago, the West Virginia Board of Education returned control of Mingo County’s school system to its locally-elected board.
Mingo County Schools Interim Superintendent Donald Spence credited the dramatic improvement in academic achievement in that short amount of time to a sustained focus on curriculum standards, along with a tireless effort from teachers, students, administrators, and support staff.
The West Virginia Department of Education maintains a public listing of statewide assessment results on their website, accessible at http://zoomwv.k12.wv.us/. Here, anyone can access district-by-district and school-by-school results of the first two years of the West Virginia General Summative Assessment.