MASON — State test scores are in, and Wahama High School topped the charts not only in the county, but in RESA II as well.
According to Principal Kenny Bond, and based on information from the West Virginia Department of Education, Wahama scored the highest in the county in every subject area and every grade, with the exception of seventh grade math. Students in grades 7-12 were tested in the subjects of math, science and English.
In addition to having the highest county-wide scores, Wahama topped the RESA II scores in both math and science. The Bend Area school was second in English, being edged by Cabell-Midland High School by less than a point. Even with the second-place English score, Wahama was first overall in RESA II, which is comprised of Cabell, Lincoln, Mingo, Wayne, Logan and Mason counties.
Bond said the test was taken the first two weeks of May last school year, and it was the first time the test was “computer adaptive.” There was not a set number of questions for every student, according to the principal. If students answered the first series of questions correctly, they were given a more complex series. If several of the first questions were missed, a different path of questions was given.
Bond stated he attributed the high scores to “good teachers, without question.”
“We have some of the finest teachers in the county here,” Bond said. “They do an outstanding job taking the standards and developing lessons.”
The principal also praised the students, saying they did a wonderful job and put forth their best efforts.
“They took the test in early May and the air conditioner was out in the computer lab,” Bond said. “It was 85 degrees in there while they were testing.”
Statewide, the local school was 14th in both math and science, 49th in English, and 19th overall out of 109 schools.
Scores for all schools in the state are available on the West Virginia Department of Education website under “Zoom WV” data dashboard.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.