We’re Doing Great Things!
It was at the evening’s School Board meeting that Dr. Holloway chose to announce some recent, exciting results at both Quitman Lower Elementary and the Clarke County Career and Technology Center. He said, “Our District is doing some great things!”
He explained, “Over 30 schools in the state take the CASE assessments, but we received an email from the chief accountability person at CASE. He said, ‘Please note that both ELA and Math 2nd grade results were much higher than expected. They raised outlier flags in our system.’ We, of course, think this is tremendous and want to thank our teachers and assistants for the work they are doing with our students.”
The Board of Trustees and the gathered crowd agreed. The work being done in 2nd grade at the Quitman Lower Elementary is phenomenal, but it’s not all that’s happening at the school.
QLE Principal Amanda Allen made sure everyone was aware of the latest results on the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment, as well.
“We really were excited last spring when the results of our Kindergarten Readiness Assessment jumped up from averaging in the 720s to a 741 at the end of the school year. This year they accomplished a 750 average score. We’re really hoping that is going to break us into the Top 10 (kindergarten in the state). Last year it would have, but we’ll have to wait and see. These teachers have done a tremendous job. They have set the bar so high for themselves, and they made sure that every single kid grew as much as they could. I’m very proud of them!”
Then Forestry I and Forestry II instructor Jason Miller walked into the room followed by his fellow Clarke County Career and Technology Center faculty and staff. He was carrying the 2019 CPAS results with him. He said,
“At the beginning of the year we stepped over to the side and set some goals for ourselves. We don’t like to pat ourselves on the back, but we do think we did pretty awesome and so did the state when they gave us our results. The first thing we really were proud of is that last year we had 8 advanced kids at the Vo-Tech, and this year we had 30 students score advanced. We went from 54 being proficient to 79. We went from 60 basic last year to only 35 this year. This made our state rankings better. Because of these scores out of more than 34 Early Childhood programs in the state, we were 16 in year one, and year two we were 3rd in the state. Mrs. Tara Tucker always does an outstanding job with her kids. The other Mrs. Tucker in Culinary Arts is not here, but her year one program was 11 out of 45 programs in the states, and sixth out of 35 in year two. Forestry made great improvements from the previous year. My year two kids did awesome on the test. I had 70% passing. Mrs. Owen’s Health Science program ranked 41 out of 106 year one programs in the state. Her year two program ranked 21st out of 84. Then the rookie on the team, Coach Harlan in Law Enforcement & Public Safety, only had first year students, but out of 36 relatively new programs in the state, her program ranked 7th. We couldn’t do this without our School Board and Dr. Holloway.”