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Frederick County Public Schools has 13 Schools Fully Accredited

14 September 2017 News


The Virginia Department of Education has fully accredited 13 Frederick County Public Schools and partially accredited three others based on results of the Standards of Learning tests administered during the 2016-17 school year. Apple Pie Ridge Elementary, Armel Elementary, Bass-Hoover Elementary, Evendale Elementary, Greenwood Mill Elementary, Orchard View Elementary, Stonewall Elementary, Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle, James Wood Middle, Robert E. Aylor Middle, James Wood High, Millbrook High and Sherando High have all been fully accredited.

Indian Hollow Elementary School has been designated as Partially Accredited: Warned School-Pass Rate. Middletown Elementary School has been designated as Partially Accredited: Approaching Benchmark-Pass Rate. The accreditation status of Gainesboro and Redbud Run elementary schools as well as Frederick County Middle School is to be determined. Their status will be assigned by the Virginia Board of Education in the near future.

According to Schools Superintendent David Sovine, school accreditation ratings are one of many different measures used to determine student growth and his division has been making substantial progress toward the goal of having all schools fully accredited. Over the past four years, the Frederick County School system has gone from having nine schools fully accredited to 13 with several others very close to achieving full accreditation.

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Jim Angelo says, “Although our school division’s SOL pass rates have increased since 2014, it’s important not to place too much attention on a single measure of success when multiple measures must be considered if we are to gain a clear understanding of our division’s strengths and opportunities for growth. Pass rates only show whether a student has met a particular benchmark and do not indicate how much student growth has occurred. State Superintendent for Public Instruction, Dr. Steve Staples has stated that our current school accountability system focuses too much on outcomes when we should acknowledge growth. I agree wholeheartedly with that view and am pleased that changes are being implemented in Virginia’s school accountability system that will take into account multiple measures of success and performance assessments.”

School accreditation ratings reflect student achievement on SOL tests or other approved assessments administered in the core academic areas of English, history/social science, mathematics and science. This year’s ratings are based on student achievement on the SOL tests taken during the 2016-17 school year or a three-year average of achievement.

In order for elementary, middle and high schools to be fully accredited, students must achieve SOL pass rates of 75 percent or higher in English and 70 percent or higher in mathematics, science and history/social science. In addition, high schools must meet or exceed the required benchmark for the state’s Graduation and Completion Index. Schools close to earning full accreditation, or making acceptable progress, earn one of the following ratings:

Partially Accredited: Approaching Benchmark-Pass Rate – Schools that are not Fully Accredited but that are within a two-point narrow margin of the adjusted SOL pass rates required for full accreditation in one or more subject areas

Partially Accredited: Approaching Benchmark-Graduation and Completion Index – High schools that have attained the adjusted pass rates required for full accreditation and that are within one point of the Graduation and Completion Index (GCI) required for full accreditation

Partially Accredited: Improving School-Pass Rate – Schools that are not Fully Accredited and do not qualify for a rating of Partially Accredited: Approaching Benchmark-Pass Rate, but that are making acceptable progress toward full accreditation or that are raising the achievement of low-performing students

Partially Accredited: Improving School-Graduation and Completion Index – High schools that have attained the adjusted pass rates required for full accreditation, and that have improved their GCI by at least one point from the previous year, but that are not within a narrow margin of the GCI required for full accreditation

Partially Accredited: Warned School-Pass Rate – Schools that are not within a narrow margin of, nor making acceptable progress toward, achieving the adjusted SOL pass rates required for full accreditation

Partially Accredited: Warned School-Graduation and Completion Index – High schools that have achieved the adjusted SOL pass rates required for full accreditation, but that are not within a narrow margin of, nor making acceptable progress toward, achieving the GCI required for full accreditation

Partially Accredited-Reconstituted School – Schools that fail to meet the requirements for full accreditation for four consecutive years and receive permission from the state Board of Education to reconstitute. A reconstituted school reverts to accreditation-denied status if it fails to meet full accreditation requirements within the agreed-upon term, or if it fails to have its annual application for Partially Accredited-Reconstituted School renewed.

Information on Accountability and Virginia’s Public Schools is available at:

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/statistics_reports/school_report_card/accountability_guide.pdf

or via download: accountability_guide

School Quality Reports are available at- http://schoolquality.virginia.gov/


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