FAIRMONT, WV – Gov. Jim Justice greeted students, teachers, and administrators from Pleasant Valley Elementary School in Fairmont today, for a full-school assembly to celebrate their academic accomplishment as one of the top-performing schools in West Virginia on the statewide Balanced Scorecard Accountability System.
Alongside state and Marion County education leaders, the Governor presented Pleasant Valley Elementary’s principal with an award to commemorate the school’s achievement.
"You, as a school, have done something that’s unreal," Gov. Justice said. "You’ve done something that’s so special, you should be so proud it’s unbelievable."
The “Balanced Scorecard” paints a picture of where schools are succeeding and areas where they need to improve. Every elementary, middle school, and high school in the state receives a Balanced Scorecard each year that looks at five areas: English/Language Arts Performance, English/Language Arts Progress, Math Performance, Math Progress, and Attendance.
Pleasant Valley Elementary School was one of the only schools in the state that exceeded standards in three of these categories this year.
"The reason you excel, the reason you do well, is first and foremost your effort," Gov. Justice said. "But it’s also your teachers, it’s this network of superintendents and principals, it’s your parents, it’s the people who care for you, and love you, and absolutely have gotten you to the level you’re on."
This Monday, the Governor presented similar awards
at Kenna Elementary School in Kanawha County and at Evans Elementary School in Jackson County as two additional top-performing schools in the state.