How do We Explain Each Schools' Letter Grade to our Stakeholders?

General Public

  • The grade is calculated based on one assessment
  • Does not reflect the continuum of instruction and achievement that goes on in the classroom
  • The grade of C is not bad, it is average
  • Reflection of one day in time
  • Done on a bell curve
  • School is a lot more than academics
  • Schools have different challenges
  • Students are more than a test score
  • Identify what we are doing to improve


  • Disconnect between paper/pencil and technology
  • Inform public before releasing grades
  • Explain bell curve
  • A, B, and C are acceptable
  • Verbalize plans to increase the test scores
  • Grades are only one criteria on which to judge a school
  • Pre-emptive information release to the public
  • Identify strengths, weaknesses, and areas needing improvement


  • Schools did some things well
  • Share the action plan
  • A-F is a new system and may requires adjustments
  • No accountability for students
  • What support can we get from the business community
  • Majority of grades are a C based on a bell curve; C is acceptable
  • What incentives for attendance
  • Education on how grade is determined
  • Share positive things that are happening in the schools


  • Recognize the other accomplishments
  • An A school might not always receive an A – based on one test
  • C is acceptable


Note: This information was presented during the West Virginia School Board Association’s Conference ’16 (fall conference) which was held September 9/10, 2016, in Charleston. Presenters included a number of county schools superintendents who are members of the West Virginia Association of School Administrators (WVASA). Participants included county boards of education members and county schools superintendents.