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Cynthia L. Cooper, Ph. D.
Executive Director of Research, Planning and Evaluation
FAX: 757-727-2236

Michael Burton
Div. Director of Testing

Linda Pedron
Division Testing Coordinator

Tammy Hughes
Testing Services Coordinator

Beverly Feagan
Research and Evaluation Specialist

The mission of the department is to collect, distribute, analyze and report data in order to build the capacity of schools and departments to improve the achievement of all Hampton students. 

We are responsible for all division-wide testing, survey administration and analysis, research studies and program evaluation. We collaborate with schools and departments in providing the Hampton community with a high quality educational program.

Research, Planning, & Evaluation Department Brochure

For more detailed information, click on the tabs above to see:

Research: Information on conducting research, or research training.
Planning: Information on data available for planning purposes and how to get it.
Evaluation: Information on our testing programs and schedule and surveys conducted.

Whether you are conducting your own scholarly research or need help in navigating available data, we’re here to help.
We provide:

  • Applications to conduct research in Hampton City Schools
  • Assistance with research designs and outcome measures
  • Training in data disaggregation and reporting
  • Training resources on our HCS Data Pro site

Contact Beverly Feagan at 727-2233 to get started with a project, schedule training, or request resources.

A key ingredient to success is accurate information on what’s working and what needs attention.  We provide information on program outcomes in virtually every area of operation at every level of the organization: Division, School, Teacher, and Student.  We have measures for each area of the HCS Strategic Plan including:

  • SOL and Benchmark test performance by question and strand including trend data over time
  • Student Growth Percentiles
  • Student and Employee Climate Survey
  • Discipline & Attendance Data
  • Accreditation and AMO Status
  • Aggregate data sets combining multiple measures

Contact us to request data or see the distribution schedule!

We provide three major services in EVALUATION

  • Assessment and data collection using a variety of testing tools
  • Administration of surveys, collecting information from both internal and external respondents
  • Assistance in identifying outcome measures for program performance. 


Measuring progress is a key part of helping students achieve as well as assessing the strength of our curriculum and instruction.  We also use standardized tests to help identify giftedness in students as well as a need for extra help.  Finally, we administer tests as measures of college and career readiness.  Our major testing initiatives are:

  • Standards of Learning Tests or SOL's These tests are taken by all Virginia Public School students beginning at grade 3 and continuing through high school.  They are given in all four core subject areas (Math, English, Science and Social Studies). The tests are created by the Virginia Department of Education, but administered at the local level. For more information please visit the links below:

General SOL Information

Practice Tests

  • Benchmark Tests are quarterly subject tests given to students in grades 2 through 11 in Hampton City Schools.  The tests give us measures of student progress in the four core content areas and help our instructional staff identify needs for extra help in specific skill areas.

  • Advanced Placement (AP) Testing is done in the spring as a measure of course mastery for AP courses in high school.  Visit the College Board’s site for students to find out more about Advance Placement.

  • The NNAT (Naglieri Non-Verbal Aptitude Test) and CogAT (Cognitive Aptitude Test) are given to first and second graders, respectively, to help identify giftedness.

Contact Mike Burton or Linda Pedron at 727-2459

Opinions count! 

Whether you are a student, parent, employee, stakeholder, or community member, your voice matters!  Your feedback provides valuable information for our decision making process in evaluating and developing quality schools with excellent instructional programs efficiently using available resources.

HCS regularly administers Student & Staff Climate surveys, Parent, Title I, Gear Up, Gifted Program, Mentor surveys, and PBIS Benchmarks of Quality.

Contact Beverly Feagan or Cynthia Cooper for information or assistance in survey development or schedules.

boyIdentifying Outcome Measures

Great programs are built upon SMART goals.
SMART goals are measureable.

We will assist you in selecting appropriate instruments to measure program effectiveness and success.

Contact Cynthia Cooper for assistance.

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HCS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age or other protected classes in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Robbin G. Ruth, Executive Director, Human Resources, One Franklin Street, Hampton, VA 23669 757-727-2000. 

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Hampton City Schools (HCS) is committed to making its website accessible for all, including individuals with disabilities, and strives to ensure accessibility currently and as new technologies emerge.  The division welcomes questions and feedback on the site’s accessibility at each development phase.  By clicking on “Contact” at the upper right of the main webpage, all users are able to “Help Resolve a Concern,” “Share a Story,” “Provide Feedback,” and “Ask a Question.”  Additionally, the Contact Us page provides direct email access to HCS Webmaster Vickie Carper,


HCS’s computer systems and networks include all of the computer hardware, operating system software, application software, stored text, data files, electronic mail (email), local databases, externally accessed databases, CD-ROM, optical media, clip art, digital images, digitized information, communications technologies, and new available technologies. 


The HCS website is designed and monitored by HCS Webmaster Vickie Carper, who serves as the gatekeeper for website content and accessibility.   The Webmaster is under the direction of the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing, supervised by the Director of Graphics.

Web visitors using assistive technology who may have trouble accessing information on the website may contact the HCS Webmaster,, the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing,, and/or the Director of Graphics,

When submitting a question or concern via email, “accessibility” should be included in the subject line.  Every reasonable attempt will be made to address the user’s concern within twenty-four hours.  To assist HCS in responding appropriately, all inquiries should include the following information:

·      A description of the accessibility concern or question;

·      The webpage address of the requested material;

·      The format in which the user prefers to receive the material;

·      The user’s contact information, including preferred method of contact.

Some documents on the website are in a portable document format (PDF).  The Adobe website provides a free service to convert Acrobat PDF files to other formats, including text and HTML.  Adobe’s web-based tool will quickly change an Acrobat file into an HTML file or textile.  The online PDF conversion form is available on the online conversion tool for using Adobe Acrobat.  With this tool, users can read PDF files with a screen reader.  Adobe and the Trace Research Center also offer a free Acrobat conversion service that converts PDF files to text or HTML format by sending a user’s request via email.  All individuals with internet service can access the online conversion tool for using Adobe Acrobat PDF website.


HCS monitors all technology resource activity and requires all employees, students and individuals with access to HCS computer systems and networks to annually read and sign an Acceptable Use Policy.  See School Board Policy IIBEA for Students; School Board Policy GBBB for Employees.

Prior to posting new website content, the HCS Webmaster determines if the proposed content meets the criteria of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).  Periodically the HCS Webmaster checks the website with a recognized website checker such as 508 Checker and WAVE.  If the audit identifies issues of concern or content errors that impede accessibility to any user, the concerns/errors are evaluated and remedied within a six-week period.


HCS’s website and computer systems and networks are provided on an “as, as available” basis.  HCS makes no warranties, expressed or implied, without limitation, regarding the fitness for a particular purpose regarding any service provided by the system and any information contained or software used therein.  The division uses hardware and software provided by third-party technology vendors.  Therefore, the division does not warrant that the functions or services performed by, or that the information or software on the system, will meet the user’s requirements.