UNION —The report cards for the district’s two K-8 schools were the subject of presentations by those school’s principals to the Union County Board of School Trustees this week.
Jonesville Elementary/Middle School
Principal Rene’ Pryor of Jonesville Elementary/Middle School said that Jonesville EMS was a Title One Reward School and received an absolute rating of average, an improvement rating of average and met adequate yearly progress (AYP) standards.
To be named a Title I REward School for Performance, a Title I school must have attained an “A” or “B” ESEA federal accountability grade in the two most recent school years, have a free/reduced lunch count that is greater than 50 percent and not have significant achievement gaps.
Pryor broke the school’s strengths down by subject.
• In English/language arts, 56.4 percent of third grade students earned an exemplary score, and the state average for met basic goals was 34.3 percent while Jonesville scored 43.7 percent.
• In math, 51.3 percent of third grade students earned an exemplary score, and the state average for basic met goals was 38.9 percent while Jonesville scored 45 percent.
• In social studies, the state average for met basic goals was 47.6 percent, and Jonesville scored 50.5 percent.
• In science, 82.1 percent of fifth grade students scored exemplary or met.
Pryor also mentioned several areas to address for improvement including continuing to meet the needs of disabled students in reading and math; increasing the number of students scoring met or exemplary in reading, math, science and social studies at all grade levels; and strengthening school-home relations.
Next, Principal Betsy Trakas of Lockhart Schools addressed the board. Trakas said in elementary school, Lockhart received an absolute rating and improvement rating of average. In middle school, Lockhart received an absolute rating and improvement rating of good. The school’s ESEA federal rating was an A (96.5) overall, with ratings of 93.2 in elementary and 99.2 in middle.
Trakas pointed out that Lockhart Schools is a 2011 Palmetto Silver winner with five junior scholars. She also pointed out that the school’s Battle of the Brains team made it to the “Elite Eight,” which is the top eight teams in four counties.
Trakas mentioned areas of strength which were indicated by the state report card, breaking them down by grade level.
• In eighth grade, 80 percent of the students scored met or exemplary in ELA, 84 percent scored met or exemplary in writing and 92 percent scored met or exemplary in math.
• In seventh grade, 89.7 percent scored met or exemplary in ELA and 89.7 percent scored met or exemplary in math.
• In sixth grade, 90.9 percent of students scored met or exemplary in social studies.
• In third grade, 55.6 percent of the students earned an exemplary score in ELA.
Trakas also mentioned several areas to address for improvement including increasing student achievement in science and social studies at all grade levels; increasing the number of students scoring met or exemplary in all subject areas at all grade levels; and strengthening home-school relations.
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