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Half of county schools meet federal objectives

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Half of the schools in the Henry County school division met federal objectives for student achievements and outcomes.

Axton, Campbell Court, Drewry Mason, Mount Olivet, Rich Acres, Sanville and Stanleytown elementary schools met all annual measurable objectives (AMOs), according to data on the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) website. The data, released to the public Tuesday, reflect student achievement and outcomes during 2012-13.

There were about 36 indicators for elementary and middle schools and about 45 indicators for high schools and the school division, according to VDOE data.

Bassett High School did not meet the federal graduation rate objective for the students with disabilities subgroup. Magna Vista High School did not meet the federal graduation rate objective for proficiency gap group 1 (students with disabilities, English language learners, economically disadvantaged students — unduplicated) and for the students with disabilities subgroup.

Carver Elementary missed the higher expectations (MHE) requirement in math for “all students”; proficiency gap group 1 (students with disabilities, English language learners, economically disadvantaged students — unduplicated); group 2 (black students); and the economically disadvantaged students subgroup.

MHE, in general, means a school or division missed the “meet higher expectations requirement” because it did not maintain the previous year’s passing rate within 5 percent or did not make continuous improvement (Asian subgroup only), according to the VDOE website.

In math, Fieldale-Collinsville Middle missed the higher expectations requirement for gap group 1 (students with disabilities, English language learners, economically disadvantaged students — unduplicated) and for the economically disadvantaged and white students subgroups.

Collinsville Primary, John Redd Smith Elementary and Laurel Park Middle each did not meet the math objective for the students with disabilities subgroup, according to VDOE data. Schools Superintendent Jared Cotton said Collinsville Primary doesn’t test, but it is linked to John Redd Smith.

Bassett and Magna Vista high schools, Collinsville Primary, John Redd Smith Elementary and Laurel Park Middle schools are listed as schools needing improvement plans, according to VDOE data.

The Henry County school division did not meet the federal graduation rate objective for proficiency gap group 1 (students with disabilities, English language learners, economically disadvantaged students — unduplicated); gap group 3 (Hispanic students); and the economically disadvantaged students and students with disabilities subgroups.

Cotton said last year, 93 percent of the schools in the division met federal AMOs (based on 2011-12 assessments). He pointed out that the 2012-13 school year was the second year when new math Standards of Learning tests were given and the first year new reading SOL tests were given, both of which were more rigorous.

He also pointed out that the federal graduation rate objective does not include students who earned GEDs or modified standard diplomas.

And he pointed out that a school or division could meet an expected measure but fail to make AMO because of “backsliding,” or not maintaining the previous year’s passing rate within 5 percent.

He said the school division is continuing to work on literacy; is having divisionwide meetings in which teachers analyze data and discuss how to better meet students’ needs; is working on ways to improve curriculum; is continuing to offer professional development for math teachers in inquiry and problem-based learning; and is implementing a MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) assessment to determine each student’s instructional level and measure academic growth, among other things.

 

 
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