By Jean A. Flanagan
Students, faculty and administrators at East Hardy High School were taken aback when the Hardy County 2016-17 standardized test scores were called “dismal” in the Aug. 30 edition of the Moorefield Examiner.
The Examiner article included a chart which showed the percentage of Moorefield, East Hardy and West Virginia students who were proficient at grade level, comparing students in the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years.
In Reading/Language Arts, 63 percent of EHHS 11th-graders were at or above grade level. The state average was 50 percent.
In Math, 32 percent of EHHS 11th-graders were at or above grade level. The state average was 22 percent.
“First of all, proficient versus not proficient is not an exact determination,” said Assistant Principal Chad Williams. “What matters is how we compared to other students taking the same tests.”