By Michele Dotson
CMS Superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison held a press conference Tuesday, September 2 at Providence High School to share preliminary graduation results from across the district.
Morrison praised Independence High School for posting an impressive graduation rate of 88.6 which is an increase of 4.5 % from 2013.
Independence Assistant Principal Amy Mims described the school’s massive efforts to make connections with students and parents in order to pave the way to success.
Since the media briefing last Tuesday, further results have been released and Independence High School has been recognized for “Exceeding Expected Growth” as a school with an overall 19.67 growth index with EOC state tests.
In measuring student progress, the state recognizes growth in addition to proficiency. The state uses a sophisticated statistical analysis of students’ past performances to determine if they have learned at least a year’s worth of material; or exhibited growth.
This indicator is designed to show that students are learning even if their test results do not meet expected proficiency.
According to results published on Friday, Independence finished first in the district for the highest student growth on the English II EOC, second in the district for the highest student growth on the Biology EOC, and sixth in the district for the highest student growth on the Math 1 EOC.