Virginia Department of Education releases accountability ratings, confirms highest accreditation rate in six years for HCS – 93% of schools are accredited
State accountability results released today by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) indicate students in Hampton City Schools continue to make improvements in academic achievement, as measured by the state’s accountability system. Hampton City Schools has posted the highest accreditation rate in six years with 93% of schools accredited.
In 2015, 12 schools, or 41% of schools, earned full accreditation. In 2016, 16 schools, or 55% earned full accreditation. In 2017, 19 schools, or 66% of schools earned full accreditation. Today’s release by VDOE confirms that 27 out of 29 schools are accredited (detailed information below), representing 93% of the division’s schools.
This year the Virginia Board of Education has revised its accreditation standards to provide a more comprehensive view of school quality while encouraging continuous improvement for all schools and placing increased emphasis on closing achievement gaps. The revised accreditation standards measure performance on multiple school-quality indicators; six indicators at the elementary and middle school levels and eight at the high school level. Performance on each school quality indicator is then rated on one of three levels: Level One – At or Above Standard; Level Two – Near Standard or Improving; Level Three – Below Standard. Based on these ratings, schools are then accredited, accredited with conditions, or denied accreditation. More information on the state’s accountability system can be located here: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/boe/accreditation/school-accred.pdf.
Dr. Jeffery Smith, superintendent, states, “For years we believed it was important to measure student growth and progress in terms of, from one year to the next year. We are elated that the accreditation system has now moved in that direction, whereby we are measuring academic growth over time for our young people.”
Under the new system, all five middle schools are accredited, both PreK-8 schools are accredited, 17 of the 18 elementary schools are accredited and three of the four high schools are accredited. These 27 schools are accredited without conditions, which is the equivalent of fully accredited under the old accreditation system.
Two schools are accredited with conditions. Kraft Elementary School and Hampton High School were close but did not meet the benchmarks this year. Hampton High School met seven out of eight school quality indicators for high schools. Achievement Gaps for Mathematics will be an area for improvement for Hampton High. Kraft Elementary School met four out of six school quality indicators for elementary and middle schools. Achievement Gaps for Mathematics and Achievement Gaps for English will be the areas for improvement for Kraft Elementary School. Both schools are addressing targeted deficits this school year through a school improvement planning process.
Click here to view HCS Connects. Kellie Goral, executive director of Public Relations and Marketing, sits down with Superintendent Smith and Deputy Superintendent Caggiano to discuss the revised accreditation system and what it really means for Hampton City Schools.
Superintendent Smith adds, “We have spent a lot of time in Hampton building from places of strength. As we have built from those places of strength, we have focused on a systems approach, and the importance of a systems approach to ensure equity across all schools.”
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. The Division also added a literacy program that focuses on literacy development from birth to postsecondary. Additionally, the Division has worked to enhance the curriculum and better align the assessment program with the curriculum, rewriting 183 curricula.
HCS recognizes the dedication and commitment of its administrative team, school staff, students, families, and the community as we work together to achieve academic excellence for every child, every day, whatever it takes.
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.
HCS WEBMASTER AND ACCESSIBILITY
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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, email@example.com., the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing, firstname.lastname@example.org and/or the Director of Graphics, email@example.com.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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