Jerry Smith, Jr.
Welcome to The Lion's Den where it is always a good day to be a Luella Lion!
Our school year began quickly and continues to move quickly.
In our rear view mirror we can see school year 2016 – 2017 and the legacy left to us by the Class of 2017. It is exciting to report that over 90% of the members of the Class of 2017 on the day of its graduation have now graduated.
Later in the year, the Georgia College and Career Ready Performance (CCRPI) will be published for the Class of 2017. Both the 4th year and 5th year graduation rates shown in CCRPI hold schools accountable for every student who has enrolled in the school since the first day that the graduating class began 9th grade (for the Class of 2017 that date was August 5, 2013); this is referred to as the cohort group.
If a student has withdrawn and the school cannot prove that the student continued onto another school, then the school where the student originally enrolled, is held accountable for that student and does count against the school’s 4 year and 5 year graduation rates. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to complete this requirement for a variety of reasons, but our staff works hard to have those historical tracking records, but we do not have them for every member of the cohort of 2017; thus, our CCPRI graduation rates will not be as high as the number of seniors who graduated this year. No matter the numbers, we continue each day to work hard to help our students finish and earn their high school diploma because we do truly believe and embrace our mission statement:
Luella High School will graduate each student: college, career and life-ready.
But, before, CCRPI data are reported, I wanted to make sure that I had provided our community and those who research Luella High School a complete explanation of the different graduation rates, and how each are calculated.
To close for us 2016 – 2017 (realizing that these last year data will be used on all of this year’s reporting about schools) it is important to review the results of certain standardized tests. A review of these results will show increases in some areas and decreases in others.
Georgia Milestones End-of-Course results:
- We are reporting the percentage of students who scored Developing and Above.
Change from 2016 - 2017
9th Grade Literature and Composition
American Literature and Composition
0 – no change
United States History
Advanced Placement Exams:
Even as a Georgia AP Champion School, last year’s Advanced Placement exam results lagged the 2016 results.
Recognized at the Henry County Board of Education meeting on August 9 for having had the greatest increase in the number of students taking an AP exam for 2016 – 2017, the school’s passing percentage (scoring 3, 4, or 5) decreased by over 10%.
We are excited about the clear increase in the numbers of students enrolling in AP classes and the number of students taking at least 1 exam. Based on these data, we have begun working quite intentionally on raising the level rigor in AP classes, specifically employing AP pedagogue in our AP classes daily and providing consistent, direct feedback to students as they work through actual practice AP materials.
SAT and ACT results:
On both national exams, members of the Class of 2016 held their own with members of the Class of 2015.
On each test, the school’s average composite scores decreased slightly, but certain sub-set scores increased. Our goal must be, and is, that those scores rise. The best possible method of assuring those increases will mean that we must be intentional every day in challenging students to think more critically and communicate more effectively.
And, now to round out our look at 2016 – 2017:
Did you know that:
10 of your athletic teams made it to the state playoffs: Football, Softball, Volleyball; Girls’ Basketball (Sweet Sixteen); Wrestling (3rd place in state Dual and Traditional); Girls’ Soccer; Baseball (Sweet Sixteen); Boys’ Track (State Champion – Lattrell Murray – 300m Hurdles); Girls’ Track, Boys’ Golf (Drew McCullough – state match)?
Luella High School was chosen an Advanced Placement Champion School by the Georgia Department of Education and the College Board?
From 2013 to 2016 Luella High School’s Graduation rate, composite SAT and ACT scores have increased?
We have much to be proud of…celebrate with us…
Jerry SmithAnd, remember to follow us: @LHS_HCS
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