Hampton City Schools projects the highest school accreditation rate in five years
State assessment results released 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. Division officials are projecting the highest accreditation rate in five years.
In 2015, 12 schools, or 41 percent of schools, earned full accreditation. Last year, 16 schools, or 55 percent earned full accreditation. This year, HCS expects that 19 schools will be fully accredited, representing 66 percent of schools. All four high schools are projected to be fully accredited. Seven schools are partially accredited.
“I am pleased with the exceptional progress toward all of our schools being fully accredited,” said Superintendent Dr. Jeffery Smith. “This is representative of a strong working relationship with our families and a committed and dedicated HCS staff. We will continue our efforts to ensure that our young people not only exceed state benchmarks, but are also college, career and life-ready.”
Students at 13 schools posted gains on the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests in English and in mathematics. Students at 17 schools posted gains in social studies, and students at 14 schools posted gains in science.
The overall SOL pass rates for the past four years indicate an increase in student achievement. In English, 67 percent of students passed the test four years ago; 76 percent passed the test in 2017. In writing, 65 percent passed four years ago; 69 percent passed this year. In mathematics, the amount passing increased from 69 to 75 percent in four years. The science scores increased from 73 percent to 75 percent this year; and history and social science scores improved from 80 percent passing to 82 percent passing.
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. Furthermore, the division added 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, HCS expanded dual enrollment and industry certification programs. In fact, the dual enrollment credit hours in HCS increased 430 percent between the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years. During the 2015-16 school year, students took 518 credit hours through the HCS dual enrollment program. During the 2016-17 school year, students took 2,745 credit hours.
The Division also expects the expansion of high school academies will enrich students’ learning experiences and place them in a more competitive position with their peers.
The Virginia Department of Education assigns school accreditation ratings that reflect student achievement on 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 located 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
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.
HCS’s computer systems and networks include all of the computer hardware, operating system software, application software, stored text, data files, electronic mail (email), local databases, externally accessed databases, CD-ROM, optical media, clip art, digital images, digitized information, communications technologies, and new available technologies.
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
The majority of pages in our site are available in HTML format that can be deciphered by screen readers. Some documents are in Portable Document Format (PDF), which require Adobe Acrobat Reader to view.
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.
HCS’s website and computer systems and networks are provided on an “as available” basis. HCS makes no warranties, expressed or implied, without limitation, regarding the fitness for a particular purpose regarding any service provided by the system and any information contained or software used therein. The division uses hardware and software provided by third-party technology vendors. Therefore, the division does not warrant that the functions or services performed by, or that the information or software on the system, will meet the user’s requirements.