CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Sissonville High School students improved their scores on standardized tests so dramatically within one year that Principal Ron Reedy's colleagues joke with him that the school should be investigated.
To which he says, "Bring it on."
In 2012, only 27 percent of Sissonville juniors achieved mastery in their reading scores on the WESTEST 2. This year, 60 percent of the school's 11th-graders hit the mark.
In math, the number of proficient 11th-grade students increased from 33 percent to 52 percent.
"With these tests, if you see a 3 to 5 percent increase, it's considered significant," Reedy said. "I'm so proud of our kids."
The number of freshmen at Sissonville proficient in reading jumped 15 percentage points, while freshmen proficient in math increased from 26 percent to 47 percent.
Sissonville is one of only two Kanawha County high schools considered a "success school" -- the highest ranking designated under the state Department of Education's new accountability system.
More than 60 percent of Sissonville students are now meeting grade-level expectations, according to data released last week. The state average for proficiency levels at high schools is about 45 percent.
In addition, the school is significantly closing its achievement gap, which means its low-performing students are catching up to the high performers.