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Oldhams man gets 20 years for shooting

A Westmoreland County man entered a plea of no contest Oct. 17 to seven felony counts in Westmorelan...

Garland has lifelong love of baseball

Garland has lifelong love of baseball

At a baseball camp in Fredericksburg in 1948, Max Garland’s 98-mile-an-hour fastball caught the eye ...

Schools eye more competitive teacher pay

The King George School Board has been given options for adjusting its teacher salary scale to make i...

Beach manager defends decision to raze ex-school

Foulds says building was unsafe, and several residents complained
The Colonial Beach town manager sai...

Eagles win battle of unbeatens

Eagles win battle of unbeatens

Washington & Lee’s unbeaten Eagles won their sixth in a row Friday, downing previously unbeaten ...

Poor weather can’t dampen event’s spirit

Poor weather can’t dampen event’s spirit

The gray sky set the perfect contrast to the bright fall colors of the 56th annual King George ...

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King George

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Size of county’s debt not a concern, officials say

Tuesday, 21 October 2014
Size of county’s debt not a concern, officials say

Call it the great debt debate.
No one disputes King George has about $91.3 million in capital debt; the question is whether that’s a problem or not.

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Colonial Beach

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Colonial Beach groups will team up to host fall festival

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

This year, the Colonial Beach PTA, Chamber of Commerce and Volunteer Rescue Squad are teaming up with Custom Cartz and Coldwell Banker Elite to combine fall activities into one big day on Town Hill fr...

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Westmoreland

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Supervisors cite proximity to nearby home as reason

Tuesday, 21 October 2014
Supervisors cite proximity to nearby home as reason

The Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors has voted to deny permission for  giant farming operator Parker Farms to build a migrant labor camp at the Flat Iron Road site of an abandoned nursing...

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Sports

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Garland has lifelong love of baseball

Tuesday, 21 October 2014
Garland has lifelong love of baseball

At a baseball camp in Fredericksburg in 1948, Max Garland’s 98-mile-an-hour fastball caught the eye of a New York Yankees’ scout and the head coach of Randolph-Macon College.

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Antiques Considered - Oct. 22, 2014

Tuesday, 21 October 2014
Antiques Considered - Oct. 22, 2014

Last week, I gave a presentation to the members of the Northumberland Woman’s Club in Lottsburg on the topic of antiques and their current values.  After the talk, I offered appraisals for the it...

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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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