All Frederick County Public Schools Accredited for 2022-23

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has announced that each of Frederick
County’s public schools has been accredited for 2022-23. Apple Pie Ridge, Armel, Bass-Hoover, Evendale, Gainesboro, Greenwood Mill, Indian Hollow, Middletown, Orchard View and Stonewall elementary schools; Admiral Richard E. Byrd, James Wood and Robert E. Aylor middle schools; and James Wood, Millbrook and Sherando high schools are all Accredited.
Jordan Springs and Redbud Run elementary schools as well as Frederick County Middle
School are each Accredited with Conditions.

School accreditation ratings are based upon the Virginia Board of Education’s school
accountability system. The system provides a comprehensive view of school quality while
encouraging continuous improvement for all schools and placing an increased emphasis on
closing achievement gaps among students.

This year marks the first time in three years the VDOE has released school accreditation
ratings. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and its unprecedented impact on school
operations, school accreditation was waived for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 academic years. The
accreditation rating assigned to all schools in 2020-21 and 2021-22 was Accreditation Waived.
Interim Schools Superintendent John Lamanna says, “After enduring the many
challenges associated with the pandemic the past two years, our teachers, administrators and
support staff are to be commended for their contributions to having all schools accredited for the
2022-23 school year.

Accreditation ratings are just one measure of school quality, but having
every school accredited represents an achievement in which our students, staff and community
should take great pride.” Virginia’s accreditation standards measure performance on multiple school-quality
indicators, not just overall student achievement on Standards of Learning tests.
All schools are evaluated on the following school-quality indicators:

• Overall proficiency and growth in English reading/writing achievement (including
progress of English learners toward English-language proficiency)
• Overall proficiency and growth in mathematics
• Overall proficiency in science
• English achievement gaps among student groups
• Mathematics achievement gaps among student groups
• Absenteeism
In addition to the school-quality indicators noted above, high schools are evaluated on
the following school-quality indicators:
• Graduation and completion
• Dropout rate

• College, career and civic readiness (beginning in 2023-24)
Performance on each school-quality indicator is rated at one of three levels:

• Level One: Meets or exceeds standard or sufficient improvement
• Level Two: Near standard or making sufficient improvement
• Level Three: Below standard
In order for a school to be Accredited, all of the school quality indicators must be at
either Level One or Level Two. Schools with one or more school-quality indicators at Level
Three are Accredited with Conditions. Schools that fail to adopt or fully implement required
corrective actions to address Level Three school-quality indicators are denied accreditation. A
school that is denied accreditation may regain it by demonstrating to the Virginia Board of
Education that it is fully implementing all required corrective action plans.
Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Jim Angelo says, “We are very pleased to
continue to have all of our schools accredited. Jordan Springs and Redbud Run elementary
schools narrowly missed achieving full accreditation and were Accredited with Conditions due to
overall proficiency in science.

Frederick County Middle School was Accredited with Conditionsdue to achievement gaps.We will continue to focus on building upon our success in all schools through research, data analysis and professional learning in order to help students continue to grow and achieve at high levels. By focusing on each and every student we will continue to
make progress toward not only having all of our schools fully accredited, but more importantly,
fulfilling our mission to nurture all learners to realize their dreams and aspirations.”

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