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All Williamsburg/ James City County Schools Achieve Accreditation, Students Exceed VA and National Averages on SAT, ACT Tests

The Virginia Department of Education today announced that all Williamsburg/ James City County schools earned accreditation, joining the 96 percent of Virginia public schools that met all state standards for achievement in English, mathematics, history and science — and graduation, in the case of high schools.

“Whenever standards are raised, there are schools that require time to meet the new expectations,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright said. “The fact that 86 percent of high schools already meet or exceed the standard for graduation and completion speaks to the efforts of educators and administrators to raise graduation rates.”

A total of 534 graduating WJCC seniors took the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) in
2010‐11, scoring substantially higher on average than their peers in the Commonwealth and nationwide SAT categories of critical reading, mathematics and writing.
At the same time, there was a slight dip noted from previous years at the three
WJCC high schools, mirroring a trend observed in Virginia and nationwide substantially due to the increase in the number and diversity of test‐takers, as well as a decline in the number of students retaking the SAT and improving on their initial performance, according to data from the College Board.

 

 

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The number of WJCC students taking ACT tests increased from 163 in 2009‐10 to 220 in 2010‐11.  There has been a steady increase in the number of WJCC students who have taken the test since 2007, when 71 students took it.
The composite ACT score for the Division for all three high schools remained
unchanged from last year at 22.3.  
  “Nearly 100 more seniors took the SAT tests last year than in the previous year,”
noted WJCC Superintendent Steve Constantino. “We think it’s great news that
substantially more students are opting to take this test to prepare themselves to go on to a higher education.
“All these results show our division’s continuing commitment to college and career
readiness, and that we are equipped to continue to help them pave our students’ way to their individual success.”

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