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King George sets tax rates; hearing on budget draws three comments

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Col. Beach Sewer usage rate increase recommended

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King George

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King George sets tax rates; hearing on budget draws three comments

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

The King George Board of Supervisors heard from three speakers at last week’s public hearing on its proposed budget for next fiscal year, 2014-15, with no one speaking during the hearing on tax rates ...

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Colonial Beach

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Col. Beach Sewer usage rate increase recommended

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

In Colonial Beach, the town’s sewer fund is currently losing money. The town council has been warned since 2012, but so far, the council has not taken action to rectify the problem. The 2012 council w...

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Westmoreland

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Westmoreland Treasurer Retires

Wednesday, 23 April 2014
Westmoreland Treasurer Retires

On May 30, Elizabeth “Liz” Nash will retire as Treasurer of Westmoreland County after 28 years of service – 11 years as Treasurer.  Twenty eight years ago, the Treasurer, Margaret Nash, hired Liz...

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Sports

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Win 4 Wesley Golf Tournament returns to Cameron Hills

Wednesday, 23 April 2014
Win 4 Wesley Golf Tournament returns to Cameron Hills

Friday, on the grounds of Cameron Hills Golf Course, it was a celebration of courage. For the Berry Family, and over a hundred golfers, and the staff at Cameron Hills, the annual benefit is more than ...

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Area Deaths

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Jack W. France, Sr.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Jack W. France, Sr., 64, who resided in Stratford Harbour, in Montross, VA., left this earthly life on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, after a courageous and hard fought battle with lung cancer.

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Columnists

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Antiques Considered - April 23, 2014

Wednesday, 23 April 2014
Antiques Considered - April 23, 2014

This Chinese ginger jar comes from an old Northern Neck family. The base is in excellent condition, but the lid has been broken and repaired crudely. The owners are thinking of making it into a lamp, ...

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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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