One of the biggest challenges for Loris Middle School was building teachers' confidence in the grouping of students and the use of technology and digital resources. Teachers were provided ongoing staff development onsite based on needs of the school, as well as individual teachers. Coaching, peer observations, constructive feedback, and other appropriate resources were provided to teachers to help them be successful in the new blended model.
Ann Hall, principal of Loris Middle School, advises schools to promote successful instruction by giving teachers "time to become fully immersed in the learning and proficient in the process, one stage at a time."
Loris Middle School is home to 677 students and 62 professional staff members. It is a Title I School, with 77% of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch. The Loris Middle School community is dedicated to challenging students to meet high academic standards and to personalizing learning through a blended model of instruction. The goal of the school's blended-learning program is to increase college-and-career readiness and enable deeper learning across the disciplines.
Contact: Ann Hall
Contact Title: Principal, Loris Middle School
Loris Middle School
5209 Highway 66
Loris, South Carolina
In 2013-2014 South Carolina used the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in Writing, English/Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science. The PASS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of South Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
In 2013-2014 South Carolina used the High School Assessment Program (HSAP) to test grade 10 students in English/Language Arts and Math. The HSAP is a high school graduation requirement. The HSAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of South Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficiency level 2.
In 2013-2014 South Carolina used the End-of-Course Examination Program (EOCEP) to test middle and high school students in Algebra I, Mathematics for the Technologies II, Biology I, English I, US History, and US History and Government. The EOCEP provides tests in high school core courses and for courses taken in middle school for high school credit. The EOCEP is a standards-based test program, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of South Carolina. The goal is for all students to score a C or above.
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