* "Priority schools," meaning persistently low test scores and in need of extra resources;
* "Focus schools, " with big achievement gaps between students;
* "Support schools," meaning they may exhibit progress but a majority of subgroups are not on target;
* "Transition" schools; and
* "Success schools."
Teachers will have more flexibility in using federal funds, and will spend less time on federal paperwork. There will be more local control.
Accountability will focus more on individual student growth, and both parents and teachers will be held accountable for that.
It's not clear how much information the West Virginia Accountability Index will give the public, or whether a bottom-up approach will produce better results than the top-down No Child Left Behind approach produces.
Here's hoping state policymakers can achieve what federally mandated policies failed to achieve.
Make no mistake. That high standard, annoying and impossible as it was, should remain the goal.