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County schools' SOL scores mixed

Thursday, August 28, 2014

By PAUL COLLINS - Bulletin Staff Writer

Compared with its 2012-13 pass rates, Henry County Public Schools’ 2013-14 Standards of Learning (SOL) pass rates increased on 13 of 33 measures, declined on 17 and stayed the same on three, according to data on the Virginia Department of Education website.

HCPS 2013-14 pass rates exceeded Virginia’s rates on eight measures, trailed the state rates on 21 measures and equaled the state rates on four measures.

“It is important to note that new standards, new tests and increased rigor (equal) more of a challenge,” Monica Adams Hatchett, coordinator for family and community engagement for the school system, stated in an email. “Our students and teachers are working diligently to meet the challenge of new standards, new tests and increased rigor so that each of our students is college, career, and citizenship ready.”

HCPS is taking the following measures as a result of the 2013-14 testing data, Hatchett said:

• All schools are using Indistar, a web-based system, to inform, coach, sustain, track and report improvement activities.

• Math teachers attended a national math conference and local inquiry-based summer workshops.

• Teacher leaders will train through the year and provide professional development to improve instruction.

• Every school is unpacking standards, looking at student performance by question (SPBQ), and collaborating across the county. Unpacking standards means breaking each standard of learning apart to analyze in small chunks what is required so that instruction can most properly be aligned to what is expected of the learner. SPBQ is an analysis of how students performed on each question of an SOL test.

• Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) testing is being used to monitor progress and to guide instruction in elementary and middle grades.

• New curriculum has been constructed and includes performance assessments created to measure understanding. This allows for immediate remediation if necessary.

• Teachers are collaborating with colleagues on their grade levels.

• All schools are following the models of successful schools in HCPS that differentiate, provide extra tutoring and set high expectations. “Differentiate” means to modify instruction to meet the needs and learning styles of individual students.

• Tiered schools will meet monthly to collaborate and share successful models. Tiered schools are based on accreditation information that the state officially will release in September.

Results by school in HCPS follow.

Compared with their 2012-13 pass rates:

• Axton Elementary School’s 2013-14 SOL pass rates increased on four measures, declined on five measures and stayed the same on two measures. Axton Elementary’s 2013-14 pass rates exceeded Virginia’s pass rates on six measures and trailed Virginia’s pass rates on five measures.

• Bassett High School’s 2013-14 SOL pass rates increased on seven measures and declined on four measures. BHS’ 2013-14 pass rates exceeded Virginia’s pass rates on four measures and trailed Virginia’s pass rates on seven measures.

• Campbell Court Elementary’s 2013-14 SOL pass rates increased on three measures and declined on eight measures. Campbell Court’s 2013-14 pass rates exceeded Virginia’s pass rates on three measures and trailed Virginia’s pass rates on eight measures.

• Carver Elementary’s 2013-14 SOL pass rates increased on four measures and declined on seven measures. Carver’s 2013-14 pass rates exceeded Virginia’s pass rates on five measures and trailed Virginia’s pass rates on six measures.

• Drewry Mason Elementary’s 2013-14 SOL pass rates increased on four measures and declined on seven measures. Drewry Mason’s 2013-14 pass rates exceeded Virginia’s pass rates on six measures and trailed Virginia’s pass rates on five measures.

• Fieldale-Collinsville Middle School’s 2013-14 SOL pass rates increased on three measures, declined on seven measures and stayed the same on two measures. F-C’s 2013-14 pass rates exceeded Virginia’s pass rates on three measures, trailed Virginia’s pass rates on nine measures and equaled Virginia’s pass rate on one measure.

• John Redd Smith Elementary’s 2013-14 SOL pass rates increased on six measures and declined on five measures. John Redd Smith’s 2013-14 pass rates exceeded Virginia’s pass rates on four measures, trailed Virginia’s pass rates on five measures and equaled Virginia’s pass rates on two measures.

• Laurel Park Middle School’s 2013-14 SOL pass rates increased on three measures and declined on nine measures. Laurel Park’s 2013-14 pass rates exceeded Virginia’s pass rates on three measures and trailed Virginia’s pass rates on 10 measures.

• Magna Vista High School’s 2013-14 SOL pass rates increased on six measures, declined on four measures and stayed the same on one measure. Magna Vista’s 2013-14 pass rates exceeded Virginia’s pass rates on six measures, trailed Virginia’s pass rates on four measures and equaled Virginia’s pass rate on one measure.

• Mount Olivet Elementary’s 2013-14 SOL pass rates increased on three measures and declined on eight measures. Mount Olivet’s 2013-14 pass rates exceeded Virginia’s pass rates on three measures and trailed Virginia’s pass rates on eight measures.

• Rich Acres Elementary’s 2013-14 SOL pass rates increased on four measures, declined on five measures and stayed the same on two measures. Rich Acres’ 2013-14 pass rates exceeded Virginia’s pass rates on all 11 measures.

• Sanville Elementary’s 2013-14 SOL pass rates increased on four measures and declined on seven measures. Sanville’s 2013-14 pass rates exceeded Virginia’s pass rates on seven measures and trailed Virginia’s pass rates on four measures.

• Stanleytown Elementary’s 2013-14 SOL pass rates increased on two measures and declined on nine measures. Stanleytown’s 2013-14 pass rates exceeded Virginia’s pass rates on four measures and trailed Virginia’s pass rates on seven measures.

 

 
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