August 15, 2017
School division SOL pass rates, based on 2017 Standards of Learning (SOL) test results, were released by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) today.
HCPS principals and staffs worked collaboratively to strengthen measures to improve student achievement during the past school year, including: focused professional development, collaborative planning, data conferencing, and curriculum alignment. The hard work exhibited by staff and students has contributed to increases in various elements of English and mathematics across the division.
“The growth shown in reading, writing, and math is a true testament of the hard work of our students and staff,” said Lisa Millner, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning.
Eighty-six percent of Henry County Public Schools met or exceeded the state pass rate in English and one hundred percent of schools met or exceeded the state pass rate in mathematics, history and science. “Though we have grown in many areas, we continue to recognize that we have room for improvement. The most effective way to improve is to identify weaknesses and develop a plan of improvement that will focus on those areas,” said Millner, adding, “Our administrators, teachers, and staff understand that this is an ongoing process and, in order to experience the success and see the growth, we have to assess and reevaluate all year long.”
In an effort to continually increase student achievement, HCPS will continue with several strategies that are yielding positive instructional results. All schools are expected to develop, submit, and monitor their school improvement plan throughout the school year in order to monitor and evaluate school improvement efforts at each school. To address performance in English: Reading, focused reading, word study, literary analysis, and writing across the curriculum is continuing to be emphasized district-wide along with an additional focus on literacy with continued Daily 5 implementation, Sustained Silent Reading in grades 3-9, and Open Court reading instruction in the primary grades.
Teacher leaders will continue to provide focused, school-based professional development related to analyzing data, effective assessment practices, and research-based instructional strategies. Instructional Coaches will continue to work with teachers at each elementary school to implement best practices for collaborating across grade levels to improve instruction and assessment practices. MAP assessment data are also being used across the division to measure student growth and plan for differentiated instruction.
“School staff members continually work to ensure that students are enhancing their knowledge and skills in a variety of ways. We are so pleased to see that our students are continuing to meet and exceed their growth goals in all academic areas and are excited to continue to assist them in achieving even more in the months to come,” said Division Superintendent Dr. Jared Cotton.
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