MASON — Students at Wahama High School nearly topped the charts on the latest state test scores, according to Principal Kenny Bond, averaging third in the state.
Out of 112 schools in West Virginia, Wahama’s scores came in behind only George Washington and Bridgeport high schools.
The Bend Area school ranked second in the field of science, with Bridgeport ranking first; third in English, behind George Washington and Bridgeport; and eighth in math. Bond said the school beat the county average in every subject, and also had the highest RESA II scores, which includes the counties of Cabell, Lincoln, Mingo, Wayne, Logan and Mason. The state scores were met and exceeded in all but ninth-grade math.
Bond said he is awaiting a letter grade for the school under the new state accountability system, which will be released to the public in November. The letter grade, “A” through “F,” will be based upon criteria including student attendance, graduation rate, academic growth, and state test scores.
The school beat its own record from the previous year, when it came in 14th in the state in both math and science, 49th in English, and 19th overall.
Bond, Assistant Principal Melissa VanMeter, and members of Wahama’s academic team were invited this past summer to speak at the West Virginia School Superintendents Association conference, describing the school’s “best practices,” among other accomplishments. Best practices are items clearly proven with data to improve student achievement.
The invitation came following an audit by members of the Office of Educational Performance Audits (OEPA) agency. The OEPA is one agency through which the West Virginia Board of Education fulfills its responsibility to supervise the schools and school systems.
State test scores are released by the West Virginia Department of Education. To view scores for all state schools, visit wvde.state.wv.us. Scores are located under Zoom WV, data dashboard, state assessment results, state assessment summary.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.