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Williamsburg area SAT scores top peers in state & nation

Students in Williamsburg-James City Schools outperformed their peers in the rest of Virginia and the U.S., according to data released this week.

james city county Students in Williamsburg-James City Schools outperformed their peers in the rest of Virginia and the U.S., according to data released this week.

The results were compiled from the scores of 525 students who graduated in 2014, with the division-wide mean scores coming in at 532 in critical reading, 530 in math and 504 in writing. Reading and math scores have mostly held steady over a five year period: In 2010, WJC’s test takers scored 536 in reading and 536 in math. WJC’s students were down in writing from 2010 scores, when they averaged 524 in writing.

The math, reading and writing results topped Virginia students’ mean scores, including 515 in critical reading, 512 in math and 493 in writing, as well as students across the U.S., whose mean scores were 492 in critical reading, 501 in math and 478 in writing.

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SAT Scores in the Williamsburg-Yorktown Area

One of the ways high school students measure their progress toward being ready for college is their SAT score

SAT tests are standardized tests that are administered by The College Board. The purpose of the SATs is to measure a student’s proficiency and readiness for college.  Most colleges require prospective students to provide their SAT score as part of their admissions package.

Average SAT scores can be used to compare high schools

At the high school level, the average SAT score for the school is one way to compare how well one high school prepares their students for college.  When we review the Average SAT scores by high school, it gives us a parameter to help us compare high schools.

At the high school level, the average SAT score for the school is one way to compare how well one high school prepares their students for college.  When we review the Average SAT scores by high school, it gives us a parameter to help us compare high schools.

What should we read into SAT scores? By and large, SAT scores are less reflective of classroom-level outputs and more a measure of cumulative individual input, aptitude, or initiative. Nonetheless, however, SAT participation and results may indicate the degree to which a school, division, or community promotes or supports college readiness, preparation, and admission.

Below is a table ranking all of the high schools in the Williamsburg/ James City County, York County, Poquoson, Hampton, Isle of Wight, Newport News, New Kent, Gloucester, Suffolk school districts by their average 2011 SAT test results. 

School Rankings – by 2012 Average SAT Scores2012 Sat rankings for Yorktown, Williamsburg VA high schools by mr williamsburg

The scores are derived from the Virginia Department of Education database to show average SAT test scores statewide for 2012. The state provides each public high school’s verbal, math and writing scores. Mr Williamsburg has added up the scores and ranked high schools from the area. 2012 Rankings are provided for schools 1 through 25

SAT scores are only one way to compare high schools

As  mentioned earlier, SAT scores apply specifically to gauge how well the high school has prepared its students for this standardized test. But only a fraction of the students take this test, since not all the students in a high school plan to go to college.

To get a better picture, we can compare using SOLs

Another way to rank Hampton Roads, Williamsburg & Yorktown high schools could be using their Average Standard of Learning (SOL) scores, which is a test mandated by the State of Virginia and is administered to all the students (unlike the SATs which are only administered to those who choose to take it). But then one could wonder if the school is “teaching to the test” or if the school is truly preparing its students for real life.

View SOL, ACT other test results for all Virginia Schools here

Of course, tests only tell you part of the story

Academics are a very important part of education, but there are many other aspects of education that are highly relevant, for example: foreign languages, sports programs, leadership programs, clubs, and, of course, the environment in which everything takes place.  All these (and more) are very important parts of a student’s education.

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Twelve Standout Schools in Hampton Roads

Congratulations to  Tabb , Jamestown Grafton and Poquoson High Schools for being recognized by Hampton Roads Magazine among the twelve best public high schools in Hampton Roads for the 2012 school year!

imageBased on the statistics compiled by the magazine  in their high school stats chart, and with academics (AP test taking percentages and SOL scores) weighted slightly more heavily than dropout rates and behavioral offences,

Below are their top five best public high schools in the Hampton Roads region for the 2012 school year.

DEAN’S LIST

1. TABB HIGH
4431 Big Bethel Rd., Yorktown
757-867-7400
www.YorkCountySchools.org/THS

District: York County Schools
Awards: Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence (2011); Virginia Board of Education’s Competence to Excellence Award (2010); more than 20 state athletic championships
Standout programs: The York County School of the Arts, a program in the fine arts, provides students with an education comparable to the math and science opportunities offered by the Governor’s School for Science and Technology. Through the Virtual Learning Program, students engage in curriculum that blends online and offline learning experiences.

2. JAMESTOWN HIGH
3751 John Tyler Highway, Williamsburg
757-259-3600
www.WJCC.k12.va.us

District: Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools

Awards: Second-highest ranked high school in the Hampton Roads region in Newsweek’s listing of America’s Best High Schools; 63 percent of 2012 graduates enrolled in four-year colleges or universities.
Standout programs: Students may enroll in concurrent courses at The College of William and Mary, Christopher Newport University and Thomas Nelson Community College. Dual enrollment credit is offered for many technical and academic classes, with some technical courses leading to industry certification.

3. PRINCESS ANNE HIGH
4400 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach
757-648-5600
www.PrincessAnneHS.VBSchools.com

District: Virginia Beach City Schools

Awards: Maintains its place as the highest ranked high school in Virginia Beach as well as the Hampton Roads region in Newsweek’s listing of America’s Best High Schools.
Standout programs: Home of Virginia Beach’s International Baccalaureate program, designed to meet the highest standards required of any high school in the world. The prestigious program offers a rigorous, comprehensive approach to learning in the last two years of secondary school. The school also hosts the Virginia Beach center for students with moderate to severe disabilities.

4. GRASSFIELD HIGH
2007 Grizzly Trail, Chesapeake
757-558-4749
www.CPSchools.com/Schools/GFH

District: Chesapeake City Public Schools
Awards: Principal Carolyn Bernard received the prestigious 2013 AdvancED Virginia Excellence in Education Award.
Standout programs: Governor’s STEM Academy operates as a school-within-a-school and features a cutting-edge curriculum especially designed for students with an interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers. Students have multiple opportunities for taking advanced courses and sampling special programs such as mentorship and internship.

5. FRANK W. COX HIGH
2425 Shorehaven Dr., Virginia Beach
757-648-5250
www.CoxHS.VBSchools.com

District: Virginia Beach City Schools

Awards: More than $3 million in scholarship money awarded to graduating seniors in June 2011; Virginia High School League Wachovia Cup for outstanding academic and athletic achievement has been awarded to the school more than any other school in the state.
Standout programs: The school has won 40 state athletic titles overall. Blue ribbon awards were also given for the music program, student newspaper and student yearbook.

Other local schools in the honor roll list of Hampton Roads Magazine included:

Maury High,
Norfolk
Salem High,
Virginia Beach
First Colonial High,
Virginia Beach
Hickory High,
Chesapeake
Grafton High,
Yorktown
Poquoson High,
Poquoson
Great Bridge High,
Chesapeake

 

Statistics were gleaned from the Virginia Department of Education website: www.DOE.Virginia.Gov

This article appears in full in the February 2013 issue of Hampton Roads Magazine.

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Kudos to areas schools !

The Virginia Board of Education is honoring 46 schools and one school division for raising the academic achievement of economically disadvantaged students. The awards are based on student achievement on state assessments during the 2011-2012 and 2010-2011 school years.

West Point Public Schools earned the Highly Distinguished Title I School Division designation by exceeding all federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) achievement objectives for two consecutive years and having all schools fully accredited for two consecutive years. .

The schools recognized include four York County Schools, One in James City Co/Williamsburg and one in Portsmouth for raising the academic achievement of economically disadvantaged students. Bethel Manor Elementary Schools is one of just nine schools statewide to earn the recognition as a Title Highly Distinguished School for exceeding all state and federal accountability benchmarks and achieve average scores on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests in English and mathematics at or above the 85th percentile. 37 more schools were named Title I Distinguished schools for meeting all state and federal accountability requirements for and achieving average reading and mathematics SOL scores at 60th percentile or higher, including: D.J. Montague Elementary, Dare Elementary, Seaford Elementary, Waller Mill Elementary and Victory Elementary.. The awards are based upon student achievement on state assessments during the 2011-2012 and 2010-2011 school years. A full listing of schools recognized this year is available on the VDOE website.

“The success of the teachers and students in these schools is particularly noteworthy given the challenging new mathematics SOL tests that were introduced during the 2011-2012 school year,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright said.

Each school and division will receive a certificate celebrating its status and achievement.

Title I of ESEA provides funding to school divisions and schools for programs to raise the achievement of students identified as being at risk of academic failure. The federal education law, whose most recent reauthorization is also known as the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, requires schools and school divisions to meet annual objectives for increasing student achievement on statewide assessments in reading/language arts and mathematics.

Williamsburg/ James City County Schools pass SOL tests for 2012

Williamsburg/ James City County schools are fully accredited and meeting all state standards for achievement in English, mathematics, history and science – and graduation, in the case of high schools – the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) announced yesterday.

See Williamsburg test results here

In addition to Williamsburg / James City Schools, Chesapeake, Gloucester County , Isle of Wight County , Mathews County , New Kent County ,Poquoson ,West Point and York County were the other local divisions to earn full accreditation for all their schools

Elsewhere around Hampton Roads 14 of Norfolk’s schools fell short of state targets, four more than last year. Sadly, Norfolk again ranks among the lowest-performing divisions in Virginia. Of the 14 Norfolk schools that missed full accreditation, half fell short only because of math scores..

Every school in York, Poquoson, Williamsburg-James City, Gloucester, Isle of Wight, Mathews and Surry earned full accreditation.

Fourteen schools in Hampton and Newport News failed to receive full accreditation for Standards of Learning pass rates for the 2011-2012 school year.

Newport News

Eight Newport News Schools missed the accreditation goals and were accredited with warning. At the elementary level, Carver, Newsome Park and Sedgefield and missed the math goals, with pass rates of 37 percent, 34 percent and 32 percent respectively. Newsome Park and Sedgefield also missed the 75 percent English pass rate, posting 68 percent and 61 percent. Horace H. Epes Elementary missed the English pass rate, posting 70 percent. Willis A. Jenkins also missed the English target, with a 73 percent pass rate. Newsome Park and Sedgefield were accredited with warning last year based on their reading test pass rates.

Mary Passage Middle School missed the math target, posting a 53 percent pass rate. Crittenden Middle School met the math mark, but missed the history goal, with a 66 percent pass rate, just shy of the 70 percent target. Denbigh High was accredited with warning with a 49 percent pass rate in math. All of the high schools met the 85-point graduation index goal.

Hampton

In Hampton six schools were accredited with warning based on last year’s SOL test results. All the high schools met the graduation index target.

Four Portsmouth schools missed full accreditation, compared with two last year. Suffolk had two schools miss the standard, as it did a year ago. Virginia Beach saw two schools not fully accredited, compared with one last year.

See all Virginia accreditation ratings for 2012-2013 for all schools are available on the VDOE website.

Ninety-six percent of Virginia’s elementary schools and 88 percent of middle schools are fully accredited for the 2012-2013 school year, based on the performance of students on Standards of Learning (SOL) and other state assessments during 2011-2012.

Accreditation, the state’s required measure of how well a school or division performs, is based largely on student achievement on the state’s English, math, science and history Standards of Learning exams. High schools also must earn 85 or more points on the state’s graduation index.

In middle and high schools, at least 70 percent of students must pass the SOL tests.

In elementary school, 75 percent of students must pass reading tests in the third, fourth and fifth grades; 70 percent in math and fifth-grade science and history; and 50 percent in third-grade science and history.

The state uses an average of three consecutive years of pass rates, called a rolling average, when calculating the accreditation pass rates. That is why many schools and divisions with pass rates of less than 70 percent on the 2011-12 SOL math tests, which were new, still hit the accreditation target pass rate.

The graduation index counts students who earn diplomas, general education development or GED certificates, or are enrolled in a fifth year of high school. In 2011-12, 86 percent of the state’s high schools were accredited, down from 99 percent the prior year. The difference was the introduction of the graduation index.

Schools or divisions that miss one or more accreditation pass rate targets are accredited with warning and must develop and implement an improvement plan. If a school misses an accreditation target for three consecutive years, the state denies its accreditation and it must work with the state board of education to improve achievement. New schools are given conditional accreditation for a year, then their SOL results are considered for full accreditation.

The state has updated division and school report cards on the Department of Education website to show the 2012-13 accreditation status.

In Virginia the percentage of fully accredited high schools rose to 90 percent, compared with 86 percent last year when the Board of Education began including a “graduation and completion index” into the accountability formula for high schools, in addition to student achievement on state tests. The graduation and completion index system awards full credit for students who earn a board-recognized diploma and partial credit for students who earn GEDs and local credentials, as well as for students who are still enrolled and expected to return for a fifth year of high school. High schools must have a graduation and completion index of at least 85 for full accreditation.

Got Kids In Williamsburg JCC Schools ?

Then you will want to join the Williamsburg James City County’s PTA Council as they invite  the community to participate in a dialogue with WJCC leaders that will provide an opportunity for the public to hear from WJCC Superintendent Dr. Steven Constantino and several WJCC School Board members.
The dialogue will take place Monday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. at Berkeley Middle School  1118 Ironbound Road, in Williamsburg.
The agenda includes an update from Dr. Constantino regarding the WJCC budget and the ongoing strategic planning process. The public will have an opportunity to participate in informal break-out sessions with School Board members. The sessions will provide an opportunity for the community to converse directly with WJCC policymakers.

"My colleagues and I are delighted to be able to meet with members of the community in an informal setting," said School Board Chair Ruth Larson. "This is an important time for our school division, and talking with our constituents will help shape our thinking as we move forward."
Information about the strategic planning process is available on the WJCC Schools website.

All Williamsburg/ James City County Schools Achieve Accreditation, Students Exceed VA and National Averages on SAT, ACT Tests

The Virginia Department of Education today announced that all Williamsburg/ James City County schools earned accreditation, joining the 96 percent of Virginia public schools that met all state standards for achievement in English, mathematics, history and science — and graduation, in the case of high schools.

“Whenever standards are raised, there are schools that require time to meet the new expectations,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright said. “The fact that 86 percent of high schools already meet or exceed the standard for graduation and completion speaks to the efforts of educators and administrators to raise graduation rates.”

A total of 534 graduating WJCC seniors took the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) in
2010‐11, scoring substantially higher on average than their peers in the Commonwealth and nationwide SAT categories of critical reading, mathematics and writing.
At the same time, there was a slight dip noted from previous years at the three
WJCC high schools, mirroring a trend observed in Virginia and nationwide substantially due to the increase in the number and diversity of test‐takers, as well as a decline in the number of students retaking the SAT and improving on their initial performance, according to data from the College Board.

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