Hampton City Schools projects highest school accreditation rate in four years
State assessment results released by the Virginia Department of Education indicate students in Hampton City Schools continue to make improvements in academic achievement, as measured by the state’s accountability system. Division officials are projecting the highest school accreditation rate in four years.
Last year, 12 schools, or 41 percent of our schools, earned full accreditation. This year, 16 schools, or 55 percent, expect to earn full accreditation. The increase from 12 to 16 schools represents a 33 percent increase in the number of schools accredited. Six additional schools are partially accredited.
“I am pleased with this exceptional student achievement progress as we move toward our goal of 100 percent of our schools earning full accreditation,” said Superintendent Dr. Jeffery Smith. “This is the result of the focused work of students, staff and families.”
Students at 19 schools posted gains on the English SOL test; 15 schools posted gains in math; nine schools posted gains in history; and 19 schools posted gains in science. Cary Elementary School posted a 23 percent gain in English over two years, and Bassette Elementary School students posted a 37 percent gain in science at Bassette in a single year.
As a result of the academic improvement at Andrews Pre-K-8 School, the Division expects the school to move from accreditation denied to fully accredited. In addition, Booker Elementary School, Phillips Elementary School, Eaton Fundamental Middle School, and Bethel High School moved from partially to fully accredited.
At the beginning of the 2015-16 school year, the school division implemented an intense accreditation plan of action, which includes a system of differentiated support to schools based on the assessment data.
Dr. Smith added that the division developed a literacy program that focuses on literacy development from birth to postsecondary. The Division has also worked to enhance the curriculum and better align the assessment program with the curriculum.
At the secondary level, Hampton City Schools is expanding dual enrollment and industry certification programs. The Division also expects that the expansion of the high school academies will enrich students’ learning experiences and place them in a more competitive position with their peers.
The Division will continue to provide professional development to teachers to enhance the instructional delivery of the curriculum.
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. The VDOE will release official ratings in September.
More information on the VDOE accountability system can be found here:
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.
As stated in School Board Policy AC, Hampton City Schools (“HCS”) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender, age, disability or other protected class in its programs, activities and employment practices and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. HCS also prohibits retaliation under School Board Policy GBAH for the purpose of interfering with a person’s rights and/or privileges under federal civil rights laws, which can include: (i) raising concerns with Division personnel about a civil rights violation; (ii) asserting a right or advocating for the rights of a student or employee under federal civil rights laws; or (iii) participating in a complaint investigation or related proceedings.
All individuals are encouraged to promptly report any incident they believe to be discrimination, harassment or retaliation in violation of HCS School Board Policy. All reports should be made to the HCS Compliance Officer, who also serves as the HCS Executive Director of Human Resources. Upon receiving a report of alleged discrimination, harassment or retaliation, the Compliance Officer shall promptly authorize an investigation into the complaint, determine whether the alleged act occurred, and determine whether any action must be taken to end or prevent further harassment, discrimination, or retaliation. For more information about this process, please review School Board Policy GBAB-R.Should you have any questions about these procedures or the contents of this notice, please contact Hampton City Schools Compliance Officer at: One Franklin Street, Hampton, VA 23669 or (757) 727-2300.
HAMPTON CITY SCHOOLS WEBSITE ACCESSIBILITY NOTICE
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Please note that some pages on the HCS website contain links to third-party sites. HCS is not responsible for the content, facts, opinions or accessibility of third-party sites.
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Also, many popular browsers contain built-in accessibility tools, and there are other plug-ins that make websites more accessible.
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.
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Our continuing goal is for the HCS website to be accessible to individuals with disabilities in compliance with the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and that statute's implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Part 104, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and that statute's implementing regulations at 28 C.F.R. Part 35.
Good faith efforts are being made to ensure that our website complies with web accessibility standards. In addition to the federal regulations above, we are actively working to conform to level AA of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.
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