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:
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