York County School Division Strategic Plan

Skills & Knowledge

Updated September 2011

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 2011.

YCSD met 25 of 29 AYP benchmarks (to make AYP, a school or division must meet 29 benchmarks).
9 of 10 elementary schools made AYP for 2011, an increase of 1 from last year.
• Although no middle school made AYP for 2011, all four middle schools showed considerable growth from the previous year.
• Three of four middle schools met the AYP requirements for English performance.
• Grafton, Tabb, and Queens Lake Middle demonstrated gains in five of the six subgroups.
• Yorktown Middle experienced gains in four of the six subgroups.
• All four middle schools demonstrated significant gains in reading performance for Students with Disabilities.
4 of 5 high schools made AYP.

• For 2011, 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 2011 all ten elementary schools' demonstrated overall Math SOL pass rates of 95 percent or higher.
• Elementary English performance continued to be strong with overall student pass rates ranging from 87 to 95 percent with nine of ten schools exceeding 90 percent.
Middle School English pass rates for all students combined increased at all four middle schools, with overall pass rates at or above 90 percent at all schools.
Middle School Math pass rates ranged from 88% to 94% for all students. GMS, QLMS, and TMS improved performance in 3 of 6 subgroups. YMS improved performance in 2 of the 6 subgroups.
• Pass rates for History for the middle schools ranged from 86 to 90 percent.
Science SOL pass rates ranged from 91 to 96 percent at all four middle schools..
High School English SOL pass rates ranged from 94 to 98 percent. (YRA: 100%)
• All four high schools had pass rates of 94 percent or above in Writing with a pass rate of 100 percent for York River Academy.
Math performance held strong with an overall student pass rate for the four high schools ranging from 88 to 97 percent.
Science performance for the high schools was also strong with pass rates across the high schools ranging from 90 to 98 percent: BHS (90); GHS (97); THS (98); YHS (94); (YRA: 100%)


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

• The 2011 milestones were exceeded.
• The gap in reading achievement was reduced to 5%.
• The gap in math achievement is down to 11%.


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.

• VDOE no longer provides this information.
• The pass rate for English performance for the Division increased by 6% from 2010 to 2011.


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

• SAT information on the top quartile is not yet available.
• An update will be provided on this information later this fall.
• In 2009, the percentage of YCSD students scoring in the top quartile in reading increased from 34% to 36%.
• The percentage of YCSD students scoring in the top quartile in writing increased from 31% to 32% in 2009.
• For 2009, a lower percentage of YCSD students scored in the top quartile in math (30% to 28%).
• Reflecting national trends, fewer students took the SAT in 2009 than in 2008, resulting in fewer students in the top quartile.


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.

• The 2011 SAT data is embargoed by the College Board until 11:00am EDT on September 14, 2011.
• 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.

• The number of scores of 3 or higher on Advanced Placement exams increased from 1401 in 2010 to 1547 in 2011, an increase of 10%.
• From 2008 to 2011, the number of scores of 3 or higher has increased by 24%.
• Bruton, Grafton, Tabb and York High School were each recognized in 2011by the Washington Post's High School Challenge Index. Only 7% of the approximately 27,000 U.S. public high schools achieved the standard to make 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.

• In 2011, 62% of YCSD graduates earned an Advanced Studies Diploma exceeding the established milestone.


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 2011, the percentage of YCSD students graduating "on time" was 93.77%, 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.

• Five of six NCLB subgroups exceeded the benchmarks set for "on time" graduation in 2011.
• From 2008 to 2011, on-time graduation rates improved for all NCLB subgroups with black students demonstrating the most notable growth of 10.6%.


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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