Committee sets course for superintendent's goals for next school year

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Committee sets course for superintendent's goals for next school year

By ERIN MOODY
emoody@beaufortgazette.com
Published Monday, June 4, 2012   |  449 Words  |  

The Beaufort County School District is adjusting some of its academic goals for next year to try to reach the state average for student performance.

An ad-hoc superintendent goals committee met Monday to review the recommendations for 2012-13, which are largely based on standardized-test scores.

The goals were initially discussed May 15 by the committee and will be presented at today's school board meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the Bluffton High School Media Center at 12 H. E. McCracken Circle

The district is also soliciting bids for a program that would track students at risk of failing or dropping out. The program would scan attendance, grades, free-lunch and other programs to identify students who need extra attention from staff, said school district instructional services chief Sean Alford.

Highlights of the proposed performance goals include:

  • Kindergarten, first- and second-grade students will meet national target growth for high-performing schools, or 70 percent scoring at or above grade level in language arts. The goal is to increase the number of students at that level by 5 percent annually.
  • Fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students will perform at the state average for language arts, writing, math, science and social studies. This goal is the same as in the past, "because we're not there yet," superintendent Valerie Truesdale said.
  • Sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students will perform at the state average for the same five subjects. Also, 97 percent of students will pass end-of-course exams.
  • High school students will meet or exceed state averages on the High School Assessment Program Test, end-of-course exams, the ACT, the SAT, International Baccalaureate exams and Advanced Placement exams. This is not a change, but the number of students taking the tests will be increased, and the number of students graduating on time will meet the state average.
  • New goals include improving the number of graduates who meet university admission requirements, as set by the Commission on Higher Education. The district started tracking that data this year. Also, the number of high school seniors passing the WorkKeys assessment, which measures career-readiness, will increase next year.
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