York County School Division Strategic Plan

Skills & Knowledge


1. York County students will consistently demonstrate excellence in the skills and knowledge needed for citizenship and productive participation in the global community.

• The Division and each school will meet or exceed annual NCLB targets and goals.

13 of 19 schools met the NCLB AYP requirements in 2010.

YCSD met 25 of 29 AYP benchmarks (to make AYP, a school or division must meet 29 benchmarks).
8 of 10 elementary schools made AYP for 2010.
• Although no middle school made AYP for 2010, all four middle schools showed considerable growth from the previous year.
• The 2010 math pass rate for all students at Queens Lake increased by seven percentage points from the previous year (79% to 86%).
• Grafton Middle and Tabb Middle met the 2010 AMO in math for Students with Disabilities, raising their pass rates by 12 and 14 percentage points respectively.
• Yorktown Middle met the 2010 AMO in math by demonstrating significant gains for Black, Economically Disadvantaged, and Students with Disabilities subgroups. Gains for these groups ranged from 13 to 26 percentage points.
All high schools made AYP.

• For 2010, the York County School Division and all 19 schools are fully accredited. York County students consistently exceed state averages by earning passing or advanced passing scores on SOL exams.
• In 2010 all ten elementary schools' demonstrated overall math SOL pass rates of 96 percent or higher.
• Elementary English SOL pass rates ranged from 86 to 97 percent, with eight schools exceeding 90 percent.
English SOL pass rates increased at three middle schools, with overall pass rates at or above 86 percent.
Science SOL pass rates ranged from 92 to 97 percent at all four middle schools.
High School English SOL pass rates ranged from 94 to 98 percent.
• All four high schools had pass rates of 93 percent or above in Writing with a pass rate of 100 percent for York River Academy.


• By 2014, the difference in the SOL Pass rate of Middle School African American and Caucasian students will not exceed 10 percentage points for math and reading.

• The 2010 milestones were exceeded.
• The gap in reading achievement was reduced to 9%.
• The gap in math achievement was reduced from 14% to 8%.


Milestones

Year Math Reading
2008 22% 17%
2010 21% 17%
2011 18% 15%
2012 15% 13%
2013 12% 11%
2014 10% 10%


• The statewide rank of the York County School Division in SOL performance in English and math for students with disabilities will improve by five ranking placements annually.

• The English passing rate increased by 6% in 2009.
• The Mathematics passing rate increased by 5% in 2009.
• In 2009, our ranking relative to other school divisions remained static in both English and Math.


• The number of students scoring in the top quartile nationally on the SAT, as defined by 2008 data will increase 10 percent by 2014.

• In 2010, 243 YCSD students scored in the top quartile on the SAT, exceeding the benchmark set. This number represents an increase from 31% in 2009 to 35% in 2010. Over the past two years, the percentage of students scoring in the top quartile has increased by six percentage points.


Milestones

Year Number of Students
2010 218
2011 222
2012 227
2013 232
2014 235

* In 2008, 214 YCSD students scored in the top quartile nationally on the SAT.



• The point difference between the total mean SAT scores of African American and Caucasian students will be reduced by 10 points annually.

• From 2009 to 2010, the point differential between African American and Caucasian students on the SAT was reduced by 28 percentage points.


• The number of scores of 3 or higher on Advanced Placement Exams will increase by 5 percent annually.

• Over the past two years, the number of scores of 3 or higher has increased by 14%.
• The number of scores of 3 or higher on Advanced Placement exams increased from 1364 in 2009 to 1401 in 2010, an increase of 3%.
• Bruton, Grafton, Tabb and York High School were each recognized in 2010 as one of America's Best High Schools by Newsweek magazine. Newsweek's selection process is based on the degree to which schools challenge students with Advanced Placement and IB coursework. Only 6% of all public schools in the United States made this list.


• By 2014, the percentage of high school graduates earning an Advanced Studies Diploma out of the total number of diplomas awarded will increase by 5 percentage points above the number awarded in 2008.

• The 2010 performance exceeded the milestone set.
• 62% of YCSD graduates earned an Advanced Studies Diploma, an increase of 3 percentage points from the previous year.


Milestones

Year Percentage
2010 56%
2011 57%
2012 58%
2013 59%
2014 60%

* In 2008, 55% of YCSD high school graduates earned an Advanced Studies diploma.



• By 2014, the percentage of students who entered the ninth grade in 2010-2011 school year and graduate "on time" will increase 5 percent over the percentage of students who graduated "on time" in 2008.

• In 2010, the percentage of YCSD students graduating "on time" was 91.6%, exceeding the benchmark set.


Milestones

Year Percentage
2010 87%
2011 88%
2012 89%
2013 90%
2014 90.44%

* In 2008, the YCSD "on time" graduation rate was 86.14%.



• All NCLB subgroups will meet or exceed the 85 percent on-time graduation rate by 2012.

• All NCLB subgroups exceeded the benchmarks set for "on time" graduation in 2010.


Milestones

Sub-Groups 2008 2010 2011 2012
Black 73.75% 75% 80% 85%
Hispanic* 90.91%      
White* 88.30%      
With Disabilities 81.93% 83% 84% 85%
Disadvantaged 74.39% 76% 80% 85%
Limited English* 100%      

* Sub-groups without listed data have already met the NCLB 85 percent graduation rate.


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