This week, Brenda Tanner and I are leading Power of Teaching work with a new cohort in Hampton County School District 2. Estill Middle School staff members are hosting at their school. In a previous blog entry, I mentioned the tremendous academic progress that this school district made last school year. Estill Middle School was the outlier–with no real gains in their academic progress last year. Under a new principal, Dr. Spauve, the school has re-energized, re-focused, and re-doubled efforts to make up for lost time last year. As I mentioned to colleagues here, the stakes are very high. For every child in America–especially if he or she is from a poverty background, a year of little-to-no progress has devastating effects on his or her future. I look forward to our continued work together in Estill and to their progress this school year.
In South Carolina, a state with some of the highest academic standards in the country, Estill High School, part of the Hampton County (SC) School District 2 has achieved phenomenal improvements in the 2010 (over 2009) academic results. Estill High School has been a successful user of Power of Teaching protocols and research. We at Atlantic Research Partners are pleased with and proud of our colleagues and their students at Estill High. See their results below:
ESTILL HIGH SCHOOL SPRING “first time test takers” HSAP RESULTS 2009-2010
YEAR ELA MATH ELA & MATH
08-09 56.5% 32.1% 29%
09-10 73% 53% 50.%
DIFFERENCE +16.5%pts. +20.9%pts. +21%pts.
Source: South Carolina DOE