WPHS still lagging on test scores, showing improvement

William B. Carroll

West Point High School Principal Jermaine Taylor updated the West Point Clay County Consolidated School Board Monday night regarding the status of students at West Point High School, and the results were a mixed bag.
Taylor started by outlining recent test scores achieved by WPHS students. On the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers test or PARCC, Taylor stated that students had a 45 percent pass rate with 57 percent meeting graduation requirements. On English I, students had a 54 percent passage rate with 67 percent achieving graduation requirements.
Taylor explained that that the two scores differed because the first score was simply the score of those students who met the requisite score on the test, while the second score included consideration of a concordance table, which included factors such as the students’ performance in class.
“At some point though, no matter how well you do in class, you can’t pass without the scores,” Taylor said, pointing out that due to test results being received by the school in November, many of the 33 percent who would need to retake the test would have to test in May, with the first time test-takers.
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