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HCS Accreditation Information – 2015-16
- The Virginia Department of Education assigns school accreditation ratings that reflect student achievement on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and other approved assessments in English, history/social science, mathematics and science.
- Ratings are based on the achievement of students on SOL tests taken during the previous academic year or on a three-year average of achievement. Therefore, the 2015-16 accreditation is based on tests taken during the 2014-15 school year. The three-year average considers tests taken in 2013-14 and 2012-13, as well.
- The school division posted improvement on all subject areas of the SOL tests. In English/reading, the division scores improved by five percent. In English/writing, the division improved by two percent. In mathematics, the division improved by five percent. In science, the division posted a one percent gain, and in history social science, the division posted a four percent increase.
- Twenty-six of 29 schools made gains in English, 20 schools made gains in mathematics, 13 schools made gains in science; and 22 schools made gains in history.
- A school can post improvement, but still not earn full accreditation because they did not improve enough to make the mark.
- Twelve HCS schools are fully accredited, which is the same number as last year. (Two of the 12 that are fully accredited this school year made gains that moved the schools from accredited with warning to fully accredited, while two schools that were fully accredited during the 2014-15 school year are now accredited with warning.) Additionally, four schools are partially accredited under the "narrow gap" provision, which means they scored within two percentage points of the SOL pass rate.
- Thirteen schools did not meet the benchmarks for full accreditation, five of which have an accreditation status of to be determined with applications pending for conditional accreditation.
- Virginia identifies five percent of the state’s Title I schools as Priority schools based on: low reading and mathematics performance. Bryan Elementary School was previously designated as a Priority school. Due to their progress, Bryan has exited Priority school status. Bassette Elementary has been named a Priority school as a result of last year’s performance on the SOL reading and mathematics assessments.
- Virginia identifies 10% of the state’s Title I schools as Focus schools based on: low proficiency gap group performance in reading and/or mathematics. Cary Elementary School was previously designated as a Focus school. Due to their progress, Cary has exited Focus school status. HCS will not have any Focus schools for the 2015-16 school year.
- HCS is using a tiered structure of support that deploys staffing and resources to ensure all schools are making progress. Examples of support include instructional coaches, classroom walkthroughs, Voyager reading and math programs, school-based professional development, new teacher mentors, leadership coaches, and ongoing monitoring and feedback.
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.
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, email@example.com.
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.
3. HCS WEBMASTER AND ACCESSIBILITY
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, firstname.lastname@example.org., the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing, email@example.com, and/or the Director of Graphics, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.