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Washington County Board of Education recognizes assessment test performance

April 27, 2011|By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com

The Washington County Board of Education Tuesday night recognized a number of area schools for their students' performances on assessment tests during the last school year.

The awards recognized achievements on Maryland School Assessment tests given to students in grades 3 through 8 for reading and math. High School Assessment awards were for tests given in English and algebra.

The schools that received awards met adequate yearly progress without the use of Safe Harbor, which is an alternative way to satisfy that requirement if one or more subgroups failed to meet reading and/or math goals.

Schools that received awards for improvement in subgroups were Clear Spring Elementary; Conococheague Elementary; Eastern Elementary for the second consecutive year; Hancock Middle-Senior High; and South Hagerstown High for the second consecutive year.

Eastern Elementary School was awarded a $1,867 grant from the Maryland State Department of Education because it is a Title 1 school receiving recognition for improvement in subgroups, said Jeremy Jakoby, supervisor of testing and accountability.

Title 1 is a federal program that provides financial assistance to support academic achievement in schools with high percentages of children from low-income families, Title 1 Supervisor Kerry Rowe said.

Jakoby said school officials will develop a plan for how to spend the money for students.

Schools that received awards for overall achievement because they were among the approximate top 25 percent with the highest achievement in math and reading combined statewide were Barbara Ingram School for the Arts; Fountain Rock Elementary for the second consecutive year; Greenbrier Elementary for the eighth consecutive year; North Hagerstown High; Old Forge Elementary for the sixth consecutive year; Pleasant Valley Elementary for the sixth consecutive year; Sharpsburg Elementary for the seventh consecutive year; Smithsburg High for the eighth consecutive year; and Smithsburg Middle for the third consecutive year.

Schools that received awards for subgroup improvement and overall achievement were Boonsboro High, Clear Spring High, Hancock Elementary, and Williamsport High.

School administrators from the recognized schools picked up certificates and shook hands with school board members Tuesday night as their school was named.

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