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Changes to the State Accountability Model

Additions to the State Accountability Model The model for District Accountability has added several new pieces to the puzzle of accountability this year for the high school. These new parts include an acceleration component and a college and readiness component. The acceleration component, impacting the high school, refers to the percentage of students taking and passing advanced placement classes, approved industry certification courses, dual credit, or dual enrollment with a community college. GSD is partnering with Holmes Community College offering dual enrollment options in English Comp I, English Comp II, College Algebra, and this year a new fine arts course, Music Appreciation. The college and career readiness component also impacts GHS, calculated by 12th grade students’ scores on the ACT. The percentage of students scoring 18 or above in English or 22 or above in reading, and 22 or above in math impacts the District’s accountability scores. To meet this additional challenge, GHS has been incorporating ACT skills into our curriculum at the high school and used software called ACT Mastery to track student progress throughout the year. This year GHS is offering an ACT class to push all students to maximize their scores. Accountability labels for GHS in the 2015-2016 school year will have eleven components that will be evaluated. The evaluation components for GHS for this year include: •Reading Proficiency •Reading Growth –All students •Reading Growth-Low 25% of students •Math Proficiency •Math Growth-All students •Math Growth-Low 25% of students •Science Proficiency •U.S. History Proficiency •Graduation Rate-All Students •College and Career Readiness (Math 50% and English/Reading 50%) •Acceleration (Participation and Performance) GHS is constantly evolving teaching methods, strategies, and evaluation techniques to optimize the accountability labels of our schools and District. Development of curriculum and implementation methods becomes more and more complex each year as we strive to comply with the changing State standards.