The new assessment system will also let county officials track progress of individual students over the years, a tool Superintendent Ron Deurring said would be of tremendous use as officials try to pinpoint problem areas across the system, and personalize teaching.
"Now we can actually look at individual students and see if they're on pace," he said. "It's going to be really useful."
On the ACT, the college admissions test, Kanawha County students outperformed the state average in every subject this year. The county average was higher than the national average in every subject but math.
The average composite score - the overall test score - for Kanawha County students was 20.9. That's on par with the national average, also 20.9, and higher than the state average of 20.6
Kanawha County had more recipients of the Promise Scholarship, the state-funded college scholarship, than any other school system: Kanawha County graduated 367 scholarship recipients last year, which is equal to $1.7 million for the first year of college.
That scholarship requires a 3.0 GPA and an ACT composite score of 22.
George Washington High School bred the most recipients, with 103 scholarships awarded. Sissonville had the fewest, with 17 students getting the award.
Jon Duffy, director for research, evaluation and assessment for Kanawha County Schools, said that three schools - St. Albans, South Charleston and Herbert Hoover - had the highest number of Promise scholars in the past five years.
"So that's really positive," he said.
Contact writer Shay Maunz at shay.ma...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4886.