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Report details county schools' performance

September 6, 2010

A new report by Henry County Public Schools examines how the school system and individual schools did on state and federal measures of student academic performance.

The school system’s 2009-2010 Annual Report tells, among other things, how students performed on the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) tests, a state requirement, and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), a federal requirement.

All county schools exceeded — in many cases, far exceeded — the state requirements for SOL tests in 2009-10 and are fully accredited for the 2010-11 school year, schools spokesman Melany Stowe said. At Rich Acres Elementary, for instance, the school’s lowest passing rate for any of the five SOL subject areas was 95 percent, and at Sanville Elementary it was 92 percent, according to Stowe and the report.

At Magna Vista High, Collinsville Primary, John Redd Smith Elementary and Irisburg Elementary, the lowest passing rate on any of the five SOL tests was 91 percent, according to the report.

SOL tests are given to students in grades 3-12 in English, math, history and science, and to students in grades five, eight and 11 in writing, according to the report and Stowe.

The proficiency (or passing) score on SOL tests is 400 points out of a maximum 600 points, Stowe said. For a school to meet the state requirements for SOLs and to be fully accredited, she said at least 70 percent of the school’s students must score at least 400 in each SOL subject area.

There are tougher requirements for AYP, the cornerstone of the No Child Left Behind Act.

The Henry County school system was one of only 12 systems out of 132 in Virginia that made AYP as a division, and 13 out of the 14 county schools (93 percent) made AYP, according to the report.

To make AYP, a school or school system must meet 29 benchmarks, which are based on the Virginia SOL test results in English and math, Stowe said. Each year the benchmarks increase, with the ultimate goal of a 100 percent passing rate in all areas in year 2014, Stowe said.

For a school division or school to make AYP in 2009-2010, more than 79 percent of all students and six subgoups of students had to score at least 400 on the math SOL test and more than 81 percent on the English SOL test, Stowe said. The subroups of students are black, white, Hispanic, economically disadvantaged, limited English proficient and students with disabilities, she said, adding that if a school or school system missed even one of the 29 benchmarks, it did not make AYP.

For the school system as a whole, 57.5 percent of students scored at least 500 out of the maximum 600 points on one or more of the SOL tests was 57.5 percent, Stowe said.

The annual report gives more detailed data for the school division and each school.

The percentages of students passing SOL tests (scoring at least 400 out of 600 points) for the school system were: English 91 percent, history 92 percent, math 88 percent, and science and writing, 91 percent each.

The percentages of students passing SOL tests for each school follow:

• Campbell Court Elementary: writing 87 percent, science 95 percent, history 90 percent, math 96 percent and English 83 percent. The school met AYP and is fully accredited for the sixth consecutive year.

• Collinsville Primary School: writing 96 percent, science 94 percent, history 94 percent, math 93 percent and English 91 percent. The school met AYP and is fully accredited for the seventh consecutive year.

• Irisburg Elementary: writing 94 percent, science 96 percent, history 97 percent, math 97 percent and English 91 percent. The school met AYP and is fully accredited for the seventh consecutive year.

• Axton Elementary: writing 84 percent, science 89 percent, history 86 percent, math 90 percent and English 84 percent. The school met AYP and is fully accredited for the fifth consecutive year.

• Carver Elementary: writing 81 percent, science 94 percent, history 94 percent, math 91 percent and English 92 percent. The school met AYP and is fully accredited for the seventh consecutive year.

• Drewry Mason Elementary: writing 83 percent, science 85 percent, and history, math and English 87 percent each. The school met AYP and is fully accredited for the sixth consecutive year.

• John Redd Smith Elementary: writing 96 percent, science 94 percent, history 94 percent, math 93 percent and English 91 percent. The school met AYP and is fully accredited for the seventh consecutive year.

• Mt. Olivet Elementary: writing 95 percent, science 89 percent, history 95 percent, math 92 percent and English 87 percent. The school met AYP and is fully accredited for the fifth consecutive year.

• Sanville Elementary: writing 98 percent, science 98 percent, history 92 percent, math 98 percent and English 94 percent. The school made AYP and is fully accredited for the fifth consecutive year.

• Rich Acres Elementary: writing 95 percent, science 98 percent, history 98 percent, math 99 percent and English 97 percent. The school met AYP and is fully accredited for the seventh consecutive year.

• Stanleytown Elementary: writing 90 percent, science 96 percent, history 95 percent, math 89 percent and English 88 percent. The school met AYP and is fully accredited for the seventh consecutive year.

• Fieldale-Collinsville Middle: writing 94 percent, science 94 percent, history 91 percent, math 89 percent and English 92 percent. The school met AYP and is fully accredited for the sixth consecutive year.

• Laurel Park Middle: writing 92 percent, science 89 percent, history 87 percent, math 81 percent and English 90 percent. The school did not meet AYP but met 93 percent of AYP benchmarks. The two subgroups that did not make AYP were: students with disabilities on the English SOL test and students with disabilities on the math SOL test, Stowe said. Laurel Park Middle is fully accredited for the third consecutive year.

• Bassett High: writing 93 percent, science 89 percent, history 93 percent, math 83 percent and English 93 percent. The school met AYP and is fully accredited for the sixth consecutive year.

• Magna Vista High: writing 91 percent, science 90 percent, history 95 percent, math 90 percent and English 91 percent.

DeWitt House, assistant superintendent-instruction of the county schools, also gave a student performance summary, at the school board meeting Thursday night.

The passing rates on SOL tests in 2009-10 were:

• For county elementary schools collectively: English 90 percent, math 93 percent, history 93 percent and science 93 percent.

• For middle schools collectively: English 91 percent, math 85 percent, history 89 percent and science 92 percent.

• For high schools collectively: English 92 percent, math 86 percent, history 94 percent and science 89 percent.

He also gave data on student performance for AYP for 2009-2010 for the school system as a whole:

• English: all students 91 percent, blacks 86 percent, economically disadvantaged 87 percent, Hispanics 83 percent, limited English proficient 81 percent, students with disabilities 81 percent and whites 93 percent.

• Math: all students 88 percent; blacks 84 percent, economically disadvantaged 85 percent, Hispanics 85 percent, limited English proficient 83 percent, students with disabilities 80 percent and whites 90 percent.

• Science: all students 91 percent, blacks 86 percent, economically disadvantaged 88 percent, Hispanics 85 percent, limited English proficient 82 percent, students with disabilities 75 percent and whites 93 percent.

• History: all students 92 percent, blacks 89 percent, economically disadvantaged 88 percent, Hispanics 87 percent, limited English proficient 85 percent, students with disabilities 78 percent and whites 94 percent.

School officials said the school system will continue to work to address gaps in achievement among various subgroups, as well as to improve student performance overall.




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