Goochland Schools Top in Region in Writing

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P R E S S   R E L E A S E

September 3, 2014 — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Dr. Peter Gretz, Assistant Superintendent of Business Operations pgretz@glnd.k12.va.us  |  (804) 314-1017  |  @glndschools www.glnd.k12.va.us

 

Goochland Schools Top in Region in Writing 

With the release of Virginia school and division SOL pass rates yesterday, Goochland is found once again at the top of the Richmond region. Goochland was the top performer in Writing achievement test scores. Just points away from the top seat in other subjects, Goochland ranked 2nd in reading, math and history and 3rd in science.

2013-14 School Year Standards of Learning Results

Subject

Division

Pass Rate

English: Reading

Hanover County

82.84%

Goochland County

81.26%

Powhatan County

81.22%

Chesterfield County

77.33%

Fluvanna County

74.96%

Henrico County

74.29%

Louisa County

73.43%

Cumberland County

61.07%

Richmond City

52.90%

English: Writing

Goochland County

83.60%

Hanover County

80.44%

Chesterfield County

77.17%

Powhatan County

75.89%

Louisa County

75.68%

Fluvanna County

75.29%

Henrico County

75.01%

Cumberland County

61.54%

Richmond City

55.72%

History & Social Science

Powhatan County

91.70%

Goochland County

90.01%

Hanover County

89.57%

Louisa County

87.22%

Henrico County

85.62%

Chesterfield County

84.43%

Fluvanna County

83.50%

Cumberland County

80.45%

Richmond City

70.17%

Math

Hanover County

82.08%

Goochland County

79.04%

Chesterfield County

77.41%

Louisa County

75.75%

Fluvanna County

74.93%

Powhatan County

74.35%

Henrico County

71.96%

Cumberland County

55.89%

Richmond City

54.83%

Science

Hanover County

86.88%

Powhatan County

86.87%

Goochland County

85.77%

Louisa County

84.20%

Henrico County

82.83%

Chesterfield County

80.70%

Fluvanna County

78.94%

Cumberland County

74.89%

Richmond City

65.58%

 

“This is evidence that an unwavering focus on improving pedagogy and maximizing growth, not achievement, for every child leads to excellence in both areas,” remarked Goochland superintendent, James Lane. “For years divisions have been singularly committed to achievement test scores, teaching to and prepping for the SOL tests, often to the detriment of individualized instruction and academic growth.”

Goochland broadened its view of what it means to be a successful school division last year when the school board unanimously adopted a long-range strategic plan that targeted the building of positive relationships and increasing student engagement in classrooms. The SOL content is the foundation of the curriculum, but the one-time achievement tests are not. Goochland measures its progress and evaluates its teachers using data that shows individual student growth, regardless of how students perform on the one-time SOL tests.

Goochland schools earned top rankings last year even having missed 18 days of instruction due to inclement weather. This further highlights an exemplary staff and a unifying mission.

“SOL’s are important,” said Steve Geyer, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and the 2014 VASCD State Curriculum Leader of the Year. “And as professionals we embrace the associated accountability. But viewed in isolation, traditional achievement measures provide an incomplete picture of a child’s progress, a teacher’s efforts, and a school division’s performance.  We are proud of our state test scores, but we’re more proud of our balanced approach to measuring student progress – one that includes individual growth assessments and authentic performance-based tasks. It’s critical to our mission of maximizing the potential of every learner.”

Goochland is concerned with how teachers engage students in their learning every day. Goochland’s recent success on that one-time measure of achievement is a wonderful by-product of that focus, not the ultimate goal. They are reaching for something more.

Goochland’s schools are preparing students to make a positive impact and to lead lives characterized by excellence, courage, creativity, honor, and optimism. They do that by maximizing every learner’s potential, every day.

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