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TCHS Ranked Among Best In West Virginia

By Staff | Jan 27, 2016

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MIDDLEBOURNE – U.S. News and World Report ranks Tyler Consolidated High School as among the best in the state and nation. The school was given a coveted “bronze” ranking, which as any Olympics enthusiast knows means a spot at the podium.

“Tyler County Schools are often rated highly on various school and district rating sites,” Superintendent Robin Daquilante said. “This validates the quality of education that is delivered 180 days a year in Tyler County. Our students go on to be successful tradesmen, laborers, professionals, members of the military, and citizens in general.”

U.S. News said high school students in West Virginia are assessed through state tests in English language arts, math and science. The state Department of Education has developed a plan to teach students what it calls 21st century learning skills related to information and communication; thinking and reasoning; and personal and workplace productivity, according to the magazine.

In the 2015 U.S. News Best High Schools rankings, nine West Virginia schools earned silver medals and 23 received bronze medals.

U.S. News calculates its values based on student performance on state exit exams and internationally available exams on college-level course work. Using that formula, the magazine reports that 54 percent of the students are proficient in reading and 62 percent in math with a college readiness index of 13.1 percent.

TCHS students are more proficient in math and reading than many of their peers across the state, the magazine said.

BOE President Bonnie Henthorn, who was speaking as a parent and not as representative of the board, gave praise to Tyler educators and staff.

“Tyler County teachers and staff do a great job at what they are supposed to do as required by state standards,” she said.

Last fall, Tyler County Schools were ranked among the top 10 best schools in the state by NICHE, an organization which ranks school systems nationwide.

The Tyler County School system is ranked fourth in the state, according to a NICHE report released in October that ranked the best schools within the state.

NICHE reported that at 87 percent, Tyler Consolidated High School’s graduation rate is higher than the national average at about 82 percent. The average high school dropout rate is 2.5 percent a shade higher than the national average at 1.9 percent. The district’s student/teacher ratio is 13:1 better than the national average at 16:1.

NICHE reported that the only school systems that had higher scores are Monongalia County Schools, which scored a first place ranking; Ohio County Schools second place; and Putnam County Schools in third place. The Marshall County School system was in fifth place followed by Wyoming County Schools in sixth place, Jefferson County Schools in seventh place, Marion County in eighth place, Jackson County Schools in ninth place and Nicholas County Schools in 10th place.

NICHE offers rankings and statistics on every neighborhood and city in the U.S. to help people find the best places to live, visit, and raise a family, according to the organization’s website.

NICHE’s website said there are 1,373 students attending 5 schools in grades PK and K-12. According to state standards, 53 percent of students in this district are considered proficient in math and reading, which is much higher than schools in the surrounding area. Statewide, math proficiency is 45.5 percent and reading proficiency is 48 percent. The district has an annual budget of $18,586,000, spending an average of $13,210 per student. There have been 33 reviews written and they have been mostly positive, NICHE reports.