Washington County schools receive “C” grades

Published: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 03:23 PM.

Vernon Middle School earned a “B” with a points-earned score of 518, down only 3 points from 2012’s score of 521, which would have also been a “B” grade.

Roulhac Middle School also received a “B” score with 523 points in 2013, but the score had dropped 37 points from 2012’s total of 560 points (which would have been an “A” grade).

One reason for the scoring drop was a change in the required score on the Writing portion of the assessment, Taylor said.

“What hurt us was the state raised the cut-off score from 3.0 to 3.5 percent in Writing,” Taylor said. The raised cut-off score impacted the elementary and middle schools in the district.

At Vernon Elementary School, in 2012 57 percent of the students scored a 3.0 or higher score in Writing, but when the state cut-off was raised to 3.5 that number dropped to 38 percent in 2013.

At Kate Smith Elementary, the numbers dropped from 64 percent scoring 3.0 in 2012 to 32 percent scoring 3.5 in 2013.

At Vernon Middle School, the Writing scores were 81 percent at the 3.0 mark in 2012, but dropped to 48 percent when the bar was raised to a 3.5 score for 2013 testing.

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