CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County Schools officials have implemented a plan to help improve achievement test scores at Charles Town Middle School after more than 15 percent of the school's students performed below state standards on the test two years in a row, the superintendent said.
The State Department of Education requires a school to have no more than 15 percent of its students testing in the lower quartile of the Stanford 9 achievement test, Superintendent of Schools R. Steven Nichols said.
In the 1999-2000 school year, 17 percent of Charles Town Middle School's students tested in the lower quartile, Nichols said.
Last year, 16 percent of the students were testing in the lower quartile, Nichols said.
"So they were getting better each year," Nichols said.
After more than 15 percent of the students tested in the lower quartile for two years straight, the state Department of Education gave the school a "conditional accreditation," Nichols said.