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Dahlgren Heritage Museum to host STEM program

Dahlgren Heritage Museum to host STEM program for kids ages 8-15 on Sat. April, 15 while offering re...

Town votes to fund school move, again

It’s not surprising that people who routinely follow news on the Colonial Beach School System are co...

Westmoreland Board of Supervisors urges end to state budget impasse

The Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors has unanimously passed a resolution urging Gov. Terry M...

Willis-Falkenberg’s Eye Care has a new name and office

Dr. Thomas Falkenberg, one of the area’s most popular eye doctors, is in a new state of the art offi...

NNVGA offers scholarships

The Northern Neck Vegetable Growers Association continues their commitment to agriculture and the re...

Help needed to find owners of U.S. flags at Historyland Memorial Park

Historyland Memorial Park on US 301 in King George has been the proud custodian of flags that were d...


 

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King George

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County’s legal case against Project Faith moving forward

Wednesday, 09 April 2014

The lawsuit by King George County against Project Faith to get back a 5.53-acre parcel of land on Route 3 (Kings Hwy) is moving forward this week with its second hearing in the Circuit Court.

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Colonial Beach

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Town votes to fund school move, again

Wednesday, 09 April 2014

It’s not surprising that people who routinely follow news on the Colonial Beach School System are confused, since both Town Council and the School Board also seemed confused as to what has been approv...

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Westmoreland

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Montross and Westmoreland County Museum kickoff Student Art Walk this weekend

Wednesday, 09 April 2014
Montross and Westmoreland County Museum kickoff Student Art Walk this weekend

April 12 to May 10

The Westmoreland County Museum will be hosting a local student art walk from April 12 through May 10, to highlight the talent of students from Montross and Westmoreland County.

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Sports

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KG Foxes girls’ set record

Wednesday, 09 April 2014
KG Foxes girls’ set record

On Saturday, at the sixth annual Woodberry Forest Invitational, in Woodberry Forest, the Foxes girls’ 4x800-meter relay team set a new King George High School record in their event.

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Area Deaths

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Eunice V. Johnson

Friday, 04 April 2014

Eunice V. Johnson, of Alexandria VA, died on Friday, March 21, 2014 in Alexandria.

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Columnists

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Antiques Considered - April 9, 2014

Wednesday, 09 April 2014

This whale oil lamp was a recent charity bazaar purchase for $175.  It is in excellent condition, except for a slight dent in the metal rim.  The buyer was pleased to support the charity, an...

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KGES: Only school to meet federal AYP achievement objectives

Remaining four county schools miss the mark for No Child Left Behind requirements

King George Elementary School is the only county school that met or exceeded all federal accountability objectives during the last school year.  
That’s according to national Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) ratings released last week for 2010-11 by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) indicating the progress being made toward the goals of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001.
For a school, a school division or the state to make AYP, it must meet or exceed 29 benchmarks for student achievement including participation in statewide testing.
Missing a single benchmark may result in a school, a school division or the state not making AYP. The main focus is for schools to meet benchmarks for proficiency in reading and math.  
The AYP announcement for 2010-12 was made last week on Aug. 12 by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE).  At the same time, it posted information on each of the schools and divisions across the state.  To see the complete listing of AYP for each school in the state as a pdf, click here.
Additional information about each school can also be found at the VDOE website in the School Report Card section, https://p1pe.doe.virginia.gov/reportcard/.


This year 726 of the state’s 1,836 public schools failed to achieve AYP, with four of the King George schools included in that count of schools failing to make the federal AYP benchmarks.
That equates to only 60 percent of Virginia public schools achieving AYP.
That was a sizable drop from 71 percent of schools making the grade a year ago under federal guidelines.

KING GEORGE ELEMENTARY    
As noted above, King George Elementary School passed all of the required 29 elements.
While KGES made AYP in the latest round of test results, it is designated “in improvement” Year 2 for mathematics.

SEALSTON ELEMENTARY    
Sealston failed to achieve AYP in four of the 29 required elements.  
Sealston is designated as “in improvement” Year 1 for English.  Sealston missed AYP in English performance for economically disadvantages students for the second year in a row.  It also fell short in math for all students, black students, and economically disadvantaged students.

POTOMAC ELEMENTARY    
Potomac missed AYP by failing to achieve two of the required elements.
Potomac is designated “in improvement” Year 3 for English. That’s because while it made AYP for 2009-10 in all 29 elements, this year it missed AYP objectives in English performance for black students and for economically disadvantaged students, as it had two years ago.

KING GEORGE MIDDLE SCHOOL    
The middle school failed to achieve AYP in only one measurement element, which was English performance for students with disabilities.


KING GEORGE HIGH SCHOOL    
This was the first year that King George High School failed to achieve AYP, after earning it for six years in a row.
The county high school only missed one of the AYP elements, with the school’s students with disabilities falling short on mathematics performance, though it reduced failure by ten percent.

STATE    
Unlike the previous year, Virginia did not make AYP. Two groups of students (black students and economically disadvantaged students) each missed the objective in reading by less than half of a percentage point. Likewise, the achievement of students with disabilities fell short in both reading and mathematics.
The King George division failed to make AYP.
Only 12 school divisions across the state made AYP compared to 60 that made AYP the previous year.  


STANDARDS GET HIGHER, HARDER TO MEET EACH YEAR    
Federal accountability standards continue to inch toward requirements for all students in every school to achieve 100 percent proficiency in reading and mathematics every year, beginning by 2013-14.
The 2009-2010 benchmarks for achievement in reading and mathematics were one-tenth of a point higher than during the previous school year.
For a school to have made AYP, at least 81.1 percent of students overall and students in all AYP subgroups (white, black, Hispanic, limited-English-proficient (LEP), students with disabilities and economically disadvantaged) must have demonstrated proficiency on statewide assessments in reading, and 79.1 percent must have passed state tests in mathematics.
The King George School Board is expected to get details next month at a meeting on Sept. 13 outlining the complicated achievement data.

 

 

Phyllis Cook, Staff reporter

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