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Virginia Schools are improving

For the second consecutive year, a record number of Virginia’s public schools have reached full accreditation after passing state tests in math, English, science and history during the 2008-09 academic year.

According to Standards of Learning ( SOL)  test results released yesterday by the Virginia Department of Education, 98 percent of the state’s schools met the mark, up from 95 percent last year and 92 percent in 2007. That’s 1,826 of 1,867 schools statewide.

Williamsburg-James City County and York County schools were among the 98 percent of all the state’s public schools who met full accreditation standards with their 2008-09 testing results. It’s the highest percentage of schools reaching full accreditation statewide since the commonwealth began accrediting schools based on achievement 10 years ago.

For W-JCC schools, it was the third year in a row for full accreditation. York schools marked their seventh year of meeting or achieving state standards.

Of the state’s 132 school systems, 117 have all schools fully accredited, including many in the metro Richmond area.

All 63 Chesterfield County schools are fully accredited, for the second year in a row. Chesterfield is the fourth-largest school system in the state and the largest to have all schools reach full accreditation.

For the eighth consecutive year, all of Hanover County’s 23 schools are fully accredited.

Others with full accreditation across the board include the counties of Amelia, Caroline, Charles City, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, Goochland, King William, King and Queen, Louisa, New Kent, Powhatan and Prince George; the town of West Point; and the cities of Colonial Heights and Hopewell.

Henrico County had 66 of its 67 schools reach full accreditation, up from 62 last year. Highland Springs Elementary School was the lone Henrico school to be accredited with warning this year.

The City of Richmond’s schools also improved, with 44 of 47 schools meeting accreditation benchmarks. Last year, 42 schools were accredited.

Of Sussex County’s four schools, two are fully accredited this year, one is accredited with warning, and another was denied accreditation.

Petersburg’s schools, which have been plagued by accreditation challenges for a decade, saw three of seven schools fully accredited this year. During the 2008-09 school year, Robert E. Lee Elementary School was the only one to reach the mark, but this year it’s joined by Petersburg High School and Walnut Hill Elementary School. J.E.B. Stuart Elementary and Peabody Middle schools have been denied accreditation for a fourth consecutive year. Vernon Johns Junior High School has been denied accreditation for the third consecutive year.

The state decides on accreditation based on state objectives derived from the annual Standards of Learning tests and approved substitute tests in English, math, history and science administered during the summer and fall of 2008 and spring of 2009. The state may also rely on overall achievement over the three most recent academic years.

In middle schools and high schools, a pass rate of at least 70 percent in all four subject areas is required for full accreditation. In elementary schools, a combined pass rate of at least 75 percent on English tests in grades 3-5 is required for full accreditation. Elementary schools also must achieve pass rates of at least 70 percent in mathematics, grade-5 science and grade-5 history, and pass rates of at least 50 percent in grade-3 science and grade-3 history.
Accreditation ratings may reflect adjustments made for schools that successfully remediate students who failed reading or mathematics tests during the previous year. Adjustments also may be made for students with limited-English proficiency and for students who have recently transferred into a Virginia public school.

Search all Virginia School Test Results here

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