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Henry County school data

Monday, May 5, 2014

By PAUL COLLINS - Bulletin Staff Writer

Percentagewise, 11 times as many white students as black students were enrolled in the gifted and talented program in Henry County Public Schools in 2011-12.

The school district’s overall enrollment was 61.6 percent white and 21.3 percent black.

That’s according to data on the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) website. This spring, OCR released the first comprehensive look at civil rights data from every public school in the country in nearly 15 years, according to a news release.

The national data reflect inequities for blacks and other minority students and those with disabilities, The Associated Press reported. The OCR release said those disparities ranged from access to high-level classes and experienced teachers to discipline.

The following statistics come from data on the OCR website.

Of the 256 students enrolled in the gifted and talented program in Henry County Public Schools (HCPS), 77.7 percent were white; 7.0 percent were black; and 5.5 percent were Hispanic (compared with a total Hispanic enrollment of 11.1 percent in the district). In all, HCPS had 7,476 students.

Another area of disparity was expulsions, but the numbers of students involved were small. Henry County Schools Superintendent Jared Cotton said that could cause large fluctuations in percentages.

Of the 14 expulsions, 28.6 percent were white students, 42.9 percent were black students and 28.6 percent were Hispanic students, OCR data show. All of the expulsions were without educational services being provided and involved students without disabilities.

Percentages generally were closer in other areas, according to OCR data:

• Of the 100 in-school suspensions, 62.0 percent involved white students, 22.0 percent involved black students and 6.0 percent involved Hispanics. All 100 students had disabilities.

• Of the 706 students receiving out-of-school suspensions, 53.7 percent involved white students, 30.0 percent involved blacks and 8.6 percent involved Hispanics.

Of the 706 students, 125 (17.7 percent) had disabilities and 581 (82.3 percent) were without disabilities.

• There were no incidents of mechanical restraints, physical restraints or seclusions being used. There were no incidents of students receiving corporal punishment.

• There were no preschool out-of-school suspensions or expulsions.

• A total of 111 students were retained (repeating a class); 51.4 percent were white, 27.0 percent were black and 14.4 percent were Hispanic.

• Of the 482 students who took SAT/ACT, 60.8 percent were white, 30.3 percent were black and 4.1 percent were Hispanic.

Limited English proficient (LEP) students made up 5.98 percent of the school district’s enrollment but 0.03 percent of participants in SAT/ACT. Students with disabilities made up 13.07 percent of the school district’s enrollment but 3.11 percent of participants in SAT/ACT.

The gender breakdown for students who took SAT/ACT was 58.3 percent female and 41.7 percent male compared with overall district student enrollment of 48.23 percent female and 51.77 percent male.

• 646 students were taking at least one Advanced Placement course. Of those, 68.6 percent were white, 20.7 percent were black and 6.3 percent were Hispanics.

All 25 students who passed all AP tests were white. Of the 426 students who passed no AP tests, 66.4 percent were white, 24.2 percent black and 6.6 percent Hispanic. Of the 104 students who passed some AP tests, 81.7 percent were white, 10.6 percent black and 3.8 percent Hispanic. Some students took courses but no AP tests.

• Of the 575 students enrolled in Algebra I in seventh or eighth grade, 63.3 percent were white; of the 50 students enrolled in calculus, 58.0 percent were white; of the 385 students enrolled in chemistry, 67.5 percent were white; of the 148 students enrolled in physics, 68.2 percent were white.

• Of the 575 students enrolled in Algebra I in seventh or eighth grade, 22.8 percent were black; of the 50 students enrolled in calculus, 22.0 percent were black; of the 385 students enrolled in chemistry, 22.3 percent were black; of the 148 students enrolled in physics, 23.6 percent were black.

• Of the 575 students enrolled in Algebra I in seventh or eighth grade, 8.7 percent were Hispanic; of the 50 students enrolled in calculus, 4.0 percent were Hispanic; of the 385 students enrolled in chemistry, 4.4 percent were Hispanic; of the 148 students enrolled in physics, 2.7 percent were Hispanic.

• The average teacher salary was $42,729. Ninety-six percent full-time equivalent (FTE) of classroom teachers met all state licensing and certification requirements; 8.2 percent FTE classroom teachers were in their first year of teaching and 0.9 percent were in the second year of teaching; and 33.0 percent FTE teachers were absent more than 10 days of the school year. There was FTE of nine counselors. The students-to-teacher ratio was 17:1.

(Martinsville Schools’ data and comments will be in an upcoming Bulletin.)

 

 
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