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HCS improves on-time graduation rates

The Hampton graduation rates are trending in the right direction as the Division rate increased four percent for 2015, from 83.92 percent to 87.96 percent in one year.

Superintendent Dr. Jeffery Smith applauded the focused work of the staff for the continual improvement of on-time graduation rates. 

“We still have work to do to reach our strategic goal of 100 percent of our students graduating from high school and we celebrate that Hampton is moving in the right direction,” he said.

Hampton attributes the improvement to a strategic focus on tiered interventions and supports.  The key initiatives include:

  • Creating a system of “rapid response” based on frequent formative assessment so there is a process to identify students who need more help quickly to master a skill, and a structure and protocol to provide that help without delay
  • Instituting a comprehensive Response to Intervention (RTI) system with a continuum of interventions available and a data system to track student needs and interventions for monitoring progress and making needed adjustments
  • Providing a comprehensive PK-12 literacy program to continue instruction in reading and reading comprehension beyond the elementary grades
  • Providing a comprehensive system of care approach through the HERE! Initiative to increase school attendance and reduce truancy
  • Employing the use of graduation specialists to work with students, families, and school staff to get off- track students ready for on-time graduation
  • Utilizing programs to support students nearing a transition (e.g. fifth to sixth grade and eighth to ninth grade)
  • Encouraging students to take virtual courses to recover credits as quickly as possible in order to ensure on-time graduation.

“Hampton could not have the improvement in graduation rates without the extraordinary support of the community and families partnering with our staff to engage more students to achieve their goal of a high school diploma,” Smith said. “The work continues in order to achieve the strategic goal of 100 percent of our students graduating college and career ready.”

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