Friday, October 16, 2015

Way to go, Stanleytown Elementary!

Stanleytown Elementary Staff

This week, I had the opportunity to congratulate the Stanleytown Elementary staff on the substantial gains their students made on last years Standards of Learning (SOL) assessments.  Based on last year's results, Stanleytown staff and students have much to celebrate.  This list below includes some of the points of pride that I shared with the staff at Stanleytown Elementary:

  • The passing rate for students in grades 3-5 increased by 15.6 percentage points in English: Reading.
  • The passing rate for students in grades 3-5 increased by 18.9 percentage points for mathematics.
  • The passing rate for history/social studies increased by 2.1 percentage points.
In addition, student groups also made substantial gains that are worth celebrating.  For example, all student groups showed increased passing rates when compared to the previous year.  In addition, the passing rate for African American students increased by 32.9 percentage points in English: Reading and 21.5 percentage points in mathematics.  This is incredible!  As I shared with the Stanleytown staff, increases of 3-5 percentage points are noteworthy.  Certainly, gains like these are the result of hard work, focus on data, and collaboration.  I commend both students and staff for their hard work and dedication.

In addition, I had the opportunity to participate in the faculty meeting at Stanleytown.  At the direction of Mrs. Penn, the teachers and staff engaged in a powerful conversation about homework. Teams of teachers discussed the purpose of homework, ways to use homework more effectively, and ideas to provide student choices with homework assignments.  I certainly enjoyed taking part in the small group discussion.

Certainly, great things are happening at Stanleytown Elementary.  I look forward to future visits, and I encourage the teachers and students to continue to excel!  I can tell that they are already off to a great start this year. 

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