Officials from Sampson County Schools have goals set to improve education in elementary schools across the district.
Along with other school directors, Jeana Carr, director of elementary education, recently presented improvement plans which included priority goals for each site in the district. Col. Tommy Macon, Assistant Superintendent, and Becky Lockamy, director of middle schools education, also made presentations for other school levels.
The majority of the goals at the elementary schools focused on math and reading improvements. At Hargrove Elementary School, Carr said one of the goals will include increasing collaboration and rigor in the classroom, which is expected to increase student involvement from 64.1 percent to 70 percent during the 2015-2016 school year.
Carr continued and said Hobbton High School did not meet growth when in came to math and fifth-grade students. Therefore, improved math scores will be a priority goal.
“This a good choice for a goal because in fifth-grade math they did not meet growth,” Carr said. “It’s very timely.”
The strategies will include increase use of data, intervention plans and working with English as a Second Language students.
Midway Elementary would also like to improve math in its school by increasing proficiency for grades third, fourth and fifth on the End-of-Grade (EOG) test. Carr said it was an appropriate goals because the fourth grade did not meet growth, just barely. She said strategies are put in place to achieve this goal such as targeting groups, assessments, pretests and post tests, creative data notebooks and technology assistance.
At Plain View Elementary, the goal is to increase EOG reading proficiency from 71 percent in 2014-2015 to 74 percent in 2015-16. Like some of the other schools, some grades where behind others. In Roseboro, school leaders would like to increase reading proficiency for grades third, fourth and fifth to 55 percent. Another goal at Roseboro Elementary School is to increase reading proficiency by 65 percent for kindergarten through second grade.
Third- and fifth-grade students met the reading goal at Salemburg Elementary School, but did succeed proficiency. Therefore the goal is to increase EOG reading from 54 percent to 59 percent. Some of the strategies to accomplish that goal include progress monitoring and using small groups to reteach needed skills and other training initiatives.
In the Union district, the elementary school would like to increase reading fluency in grades kindergarten through third-grade. At Union Intermediate School, teachers would like to see math EOG scores improve from 58.5 percent to 65 percent by the time school ends. Last year, fifth-grade students did not meet expected growth in the subject area. A couple of the strategies to improve include data analysis and improving rigor.
In addition to reports for elementary, middle and high schools, the board also received the 2015-2017 District Improvement Plan, which included four goals: Math, reading, grading, leadership and culture.The goals were developed with the help of community stakeholders.
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