Lancaster looking for redemption

Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 8:00 am

School leaders said Wednesday that they are looking at several strategies to reclaim full accreditation for Lancaster County Public Schools (LCPS).

Starting this academic year, all three schools in the division were accredited with warning after their students’ scores on certain Standards of Learning (SOL) tests fell short of the required benchmarks.

Both the high school and primary school were warned in mathematics, while Lancaster Middle School (LMS) was warned in all subjects.

During Lancaster schools’ leadership team meeting on Oct. 23, Programs Director and Special Education Coordinator Alicia Carter said the news wasn’t unexpected.

“We were running off of a three-year-average [of student achievement] for the past two years in different categories, so it’s nothing new,” said Carter. “It’s just we need to then up the ante and decide what we’re going to do differently to reform…our past practices.”

Within the past two years, there have been major changes to the SOL tests, which Lancaster Primary School Principal Ernest Palin said now test for a higher order of thinking skills as opposed to previous versions.

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