EVERY CHILD, EVERY DAY, WHATEVER IT TAKES!
The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) today released data on the performance of students on Standards of Learning (SOL) assessments in reading, writing, mathematics, science, and history/social studies for the 2018-2019 school year. Hampton City Schools’ African-American student group outpaces the state in all five assessments.
Additionally in the category of reading, Hampton City Schools outperforms the state pass rates for the student groups of Economically Disadvantaged students (3 percentage points), English Learners (13 percentage points), and Hispanic students (13 percentage points).
Hampton’s Economically Disadvantaged students surpass the state in the category of math by five percentage points, as well as English Learners (16 percentage points) and Hispanic students (11 percentage points).
In the category of history/social studies, HCS Economically Disadvantaged students and Hispanic students exceed the state assessment scores by one percentage point (Economically Disadvantaged) and ten percentage points (Hispanic).
Furthermore, three additional Hampton City Schools’ student groups show higher performance than the state in the category of science: Economically Disadvantaged students (2 percentage points), English Learners (2 percentage points), and Hispanic students (12 percentage points).
“I remain confident in the work we are doing in support of ensuring equitable outcomes for all students and that we are preparing our young people to be college, career, and life ready,” said Superintendent Dr. Jeffery Smith. “We continue to expand our guaranteed, viable curriculum with a high-quality professional development program. We also continue to focus on the importance of literacy from birth to postsecondary for all students. The Standards of Learning serve as a springboard for other important credentials and skills our students need in order to be prepared for high-demand, high-waged jobs and careers. I am pleased with the students’ academic growth as measured by these standards and we will continue to build from this place of strength.”
The Virginia Board of Education revised its accreditation standards last year 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 VDOE will release official ratings in September 2019.
The division’s leadership team is looking forward to the release of the detailed information in September as the accreditation model takes into consideration student growth, as well as factors in the performance of individual student groups.
Today’s data does not tell the whole story in regard to credit recovery, successful remediation efforts, and student growth. Based on preliminary results, all student groups – All Students, Asian, African American, Hispanic, White, Students with Disabilities, Economically Disadvantaged, and English Learners – show significant growth. Specifically, our Students with Disabilities show marked progress in reading and math. This data is still important for our division to analyze as our focus is on continuous improvement. However, September’s release will report more comprehensive student achievement.
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, email@example.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org., the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing, email@example.com and/or the Director of Graphics, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.