Advanced Placement scores discussed at BOE meeting

Lewis County High School Advanced Placement test scores for the 2017-18 school year were presented to the Board of Education at their meeting October 8. LCHS Principal John Whiston said the results are not what they want, and they are looking at ways to improve those scores, including ensuring that the correct teachers are teaching what they should be. The paper based tests are scored on a one to five range with five being the highest. College credit may be earned based on scores, with colleges requiring different minimums and most requiring a “three” or higher.
Sixty-seven LCHS students took the tests on subjects ranging from studio art, English language and literature, U.S. government and politics, U.S. History, Calculus AB, and Biology. Two percent of students scored “fours”, 18 percent scored “threes”, 35 percent scored “twos”, and 44 percent scored “ones”. The average AP score for LCHS was 1.79, and the state average is 2.51. The five year trend, beginning in 2014, for LCHS students scoring a “three” or above ranged from nine percent to 19 percent in 2018.
LC Schools pays for the AP tests, and each student enrolled in an AP class must take the tests.
LC Schools Treasurer Monika Weldon presented a breakdown of funding sources for board members. She said the largest source of funding is state aid, adding that every county in the state, except Doddridge, receives this funding. She explained that Doddridge County’s tax collections exceeded the state aid amount. Grants, awards, taxes, and reimbursements make up the remainder of funding sources.
Weldon went on to say that some of those funds are restricted in how they may be spent, including Title I, II, IV, and V funds. There are 14 projects in the Excess Levy, some of those are maintenance, transportation, textbooks, and arts promotion. She said as the year continues, tax collections will come in, as well.
The Service Personnel substitute call out policy chapter was moved to its second reading. This policy focuses on how service personnel substitutes are called for jobs. If a person declines a job five times, they will receive a letter stating as much. After 10 refusals they will be removed. Those refusals must be in the current fiscal year, which is July 1 through June 30.
LCHS teachers Sharon Jerden, Barbara Spaur, and Lesley Garton White were recognized for their work organizing Homecoming week activities (Jerden), and SAT assessment scores (Spaur and White). The LCHS Marching Minutemen were also recognized for their awards earned at the Mountain State Forest Festival October 6. The band earned second place parade, People’s Choice, first place band, percussion, and flags, and fourth place overall.
The next BOE meeting will be October 22 at 6 p.m. at the central offices.

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