WHS in top 5 percent for improvement

The percentage of WHS students scoring Proficient or Advanced in Algebra 1 EOC tests improved from 33 percent in 2011 to 66 percent in 2012.

The schools value-added growth in Algebra 2 was 40 percent and above all expectations in all EOC subjects except Biology, which still met state expectations.

Graduation rates improved at WHS from 91.8 percent in 2011 to an unofficial 93.6 percent in 2012.

We started this about five years ago, this is my sixth year, and we put a lot of goals in place and have met those and working to continue improving, Luttrell said.

Also of note, average ACT scores from students at WHS improved from 17.7 in 2010 to 19 in 2012. The state average score on the ACT test rose from 19 in 2011 to 19.2 in 2012.

Students at WHS are also increasing their enrollment in more advanced courses and the percentage of students receiving college credit has improved as well. Students receiving college credit by scoring high on Advanced Placement tests has improved to 57 percent.

Also, 14 percent of the schools 2011 graduating class received college credit, for a total of 123 credit hours received by graduates.

Luttrell noted the Wilson County School Systems programs of partnering with Volunteer State Community College for college courses and online classes have helped challenge students and better prepare them for the next step in their education.

We had to find a way to offer our top kids some more opportunities and challenge other students and I think we have, Luttrell said.

According to National Assessment of Educational Process testing, the school has made improvements in the percentage of students meeting college readiness standards. From 2010 to 2012, the percentage of WHS students meeting college readiness standards has improved from 40 to 52 percent in Reading, 33 to 58 percent in Mathematics and 33 to 57 percent in Science.

Also, the percent of Career Technical students meeting readiness goals surpassed the average for all students with 59 percent meeting standards in Science and Mathematics compared to averages of 57 and 58 percent, respectively.

While a quarter of the 169 schools named to the Rewards list are on the list for Growth and Achievement, Luttrell said WHS being on the list for the former will help it make the list for the latter.

We believe growth will lead to achievement and we will continue working to be on the list for both, he said. But all the credit goes to the teachers and students, and I am so proud of our faculty.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at phall@wilsonpost.com.