Number of VA accredited schools increases

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On Wednesday, the Virginia Department of Education announced that 86% of public schools in the state were rated as fully accredited for the 2017-2018 school year.

Accreditation is based on the performance of students on Standards of Learning and other state-approved assessments in English, mathematics, science and history during 2016-2017.

VDOE said this year was a five-point improvement over last year.

Here’s the release VDOE sent to WFXR News:

All schools are Fully Accredited this year in 65 of the commonwealth’s 132 school divisions, compared with 53 divisions last year. The divisions with all schools Fully Accredited (other than new schools that automatically receive conditional accreditation) are as follows:

                    Amelia County

                    Appomattox County

                    Arlington County

                    Bath County

                    Bland County

                    Botetourt County

                    Carroll County

                    Charles City County


                    Clarke County

                    Colonial Beach

                    Colonial Heights


                    Craig County

                    Dickenson County

                    Dinwiddie County

                    Falls Church

                    Floyd County

                    Fluvanna County



                    Giles County

                    Gloucester County

                    Goochland County

                    Greene County

                    Hanover County

                    Highland County

                    Isle of Wight County

                    King George County

                    King William County

                    King and Queen County


                    Loudoun County

                    Louisa County

                    Manassas Park

                    Mathews County

                    Middlesex County

                    New Kent County


                    Orange County

                    Patrick County

                    Pittsylvania County


                    Powhatan County


                    Rappahannock County

                    Richmond County

                    Roanoke County

                    Rockingham County

                    Russell County


                    Scott County

                    Smyth County

                    Southampton County

                    Stafford County

                    Surry County

                    Sussex County

                    Tazewell County

                    Virginia Beach

                    Washington County

                    West Point

                    Williamsburg-James City County

                    Wise County

                    Wythe County

                    York County


Sussex County — which had been subject to a memorandum of understanding with the state Board of Education since 2004 — is among the divisions with all schools Fully Accredited this year. Governor Terry McAuliffe was in Sussex County yesterday to congratulate division leaders, teachers and students for meeting the objectives of the memorandum.


Thirteen schools that were denied state accreditation during 2016-2017 because of persistently low achievement are now Fully Accredited as a result of successful efforts to raise student achievement. These schools, by division, are as follows:

                    Accomack County — Arcadia Middle

                    Bedford County — Moneta Elementary

                    Chesterfield County — Ettrick Elementary

                    Dinwiddie County — Dinwiddie County Middle

                    Hopewell — Patrick Copeland Elementary

                    Lunenburg County — Lunenburg Middle and Victoria Elementary

                    Lynchburg — T.C. Miller Elementary

                    Newport News — Willis A. Jenkins Elementary

                    Norfolk — Tanners Creek Elementary

                    Portsmouth — Park View Elementary

                    Richmond — Elizabeth D. Redd Elementary

                    Westmoreland County — Cople Elementary


Twenty-eight schools earned full accreditation after undergoing reconstitution last year. Reconstitution involves significant changes in school leadership, governance, faculty or instruction. Reconstitution plans must be approved by the state Board of Education. These schools are as follows:

                    Amelia County — Amelia County Middle

                    Campbell County — Rustburg Middle

                    Chesapeake — George W. Carver Intermediate and Portlock Primary

                    Cumberland County — Cumberland Elementary

                    Franklin — Joseph P. King Jr. Middle

                    Hampton — Aberdeen Elementary, Alfred S. Forrest Elementary and Jane H. Bryan Elementary

                    Harrisonburg — Thomas Harrison Middle

                    Henrico County — Cashell Donahoe Elementary and Sandston Elementary

                    Lynchburg — E.C. Glass High

                    Martinsville — Albert Harris Elementary and Martinsville High

                    Mecklenburg County — South Hill Elementary

                    Newport News — Heritage High and T. Ryland Sanford Elementary

                    Norfolk — Norview Middle and Sherwood Forest Elementary

                    Northampton County — Occohannock Elementary

                    Nottoway County — Blackstone Primary and Nottoway Intermediate

                    Richmond — Miles Jones Elementary

                    Roanoke — Garden City Elementary and Westside Elementary

                    Rockbridge County — Natural Bridge Elementary

                    Virginia Beach — Bayside Middle


Eighty-eight schools in 27 divisions are denied state accreditation for 2017-2018 because of persistently low student achievement. These schools are as follows:

                    Accomack County — Metompkin Elementary

                    Alexandria — Jefferson-Houston Elementary (sixth consecutive year)

                    Amherst County — Madison Heights Elementary

                    Buckingham County — Buckingham County Elementary, Buckingham County Middle and Buckingham County Primary

                    Chesapeake — Camelot Elementary, Rena B. Wright Primary and Truitt Intermediate

                    Danville — Edwin A. Gibson Elementary, G.L.H. Johnson Elementary, O. Trent Bonner Middle, Park Avenue Elementary, Schoolfield Elementary, Westwood Middle and Woodberry Hills Elementary (third consecutive year)

                    Essex County — Essex High (third consecutive year)

                    Franklin — S.P. Morton Elementary

                    Greensville County — Belfield Elementary, Edward W. Wyatt Middle and Greensville Elementary

                    Halifax County — Sinai Elementary

                    Hampton — John Tyler Elementary

                    Henrico County — Elko Middle, Glen Lea Elementary, Harold Macon Ratcliffe Elementary, Laburnum Elementary and L. Douglas Wilder Middle (fourth consecutive year)

                    Hopewell — Harry E. James Elementary

                    Lancaster County — Lancaster Middle

                    Lynchburg — Linkhorne Elementary, Linkhorne Middle, Sandusky Middle and William M. Bass Elementary

                    Newport News — Carver Elementary,

                    Crittenden Middle, George J. McIntosh Elementary, Hidenwood Elementary (second consecutive year) and Huntington Middle (second consecutive year)

                    Norfolk — Azalea Gardens Middle, Blair Middle, Coleman Place Elementary, Jacox Elementary, Lake Taylor High, Lake Taylor Middle (fourth consecutive year), Lindenwood Elementary (fifth consecutive year), P.B. Young Sr. Elementary (third consecutive year), Richard Bowling Elementary, Tidewater Park Elementary (third consecutive year) and William H. Ruffner Middle (sixth consecutive year)

                    Page County — Luray Elementary

                    Petersburg — J.E.B. Stuart Elementary and Vernon Johns Middle (twelfth consecutive year)

                    Portsmouth — Brighton Elementary, Cradock Middle, Douglass Park Elementary, John Tyler Elementary, Westhaven Elementary and William E. Waters Middle

                    Richmond — Armstrong High (third consecutive year), Binford Middle, Blackwell Elementary, Chimborazo Elementary, G.H. Reid Elementary, George Mason Elementary, Ginter Park Elementary, Henderson Middle, J. L. Francis Elementary, Lucille M. Brown Middle, Martin Luther King Jr. Middle (third consecutive year), Oak Grove/Bellemeade Elementary, Overby-Sheppard Elementary, Richmond Alternative School (third consecutive year), Swansboro Elementary (second consecutive year), Thomas C. Boushall Middle, Thomas Jefferson High, Westover Hills Elementary and Woodville Elementary

                    Shenandoah County — North Fork Middle and W.W. Robinson Elementary

                    Staunton — Bessie Weller Elementary (third consecutive year)

                    Suffolk — Booker T. Washington Elementary, John F. Kennedy Middle and Mack Benn Jr. Elementary

                    Warren County — Ressie Jeffries Elementary

                    Waynesboro — Wenonah Elementary and William Perry Elementary

                    Westmoreland County — Montross Middle


Schools denied accreditation are subject to corrective actions prescribed by the state Board of Education through a memorandum of understanding with the local school board.


The status of 92 schools at risk of being denied accreditation for 2017-2018 will be determined by the Board of Education later this year. Under Virginia’s current accountability regulations, a school that has not earned full accreditation for three consecutive years — and fails to meet state standards for a fourth consecutive year — can apply for a rating of Partially Accredited: Reconstituted School if the local school board agrees to reconstitute the school’s leadership, staff, governance or student population. A reconstituted school can retain this rating for up to three years if it is making acceptable progress.


Seven newly opened schools are automatically rated as Conditionally Accredited for 2017-2018.


Federal Accountability

Like state accreditation ratings, federal accountability designations are based on achievement on SOL tests during 2016-2017, with accountability requirements focused on schools that receive Title I funding to support services for economically disadvantaged students. The lowest-performing Title I schools are identified as either Priority or Focus schools.


Priority schools must design and implement school-reform models that meet state and federal requirements. The 33 schools identified as Priority schools for 2017-2018 are as follows, by division:

                    Accomack County — Metompkin Elementary

                    Alexandria — Jefferson-Houston Elementary

                    Buckingham County — Buckingham County Elementary and Buckingham County Primary

                    Danville — Woodberry Hills Elementary

                    Franklin — S.P. Morton Elementary

                    Halifax County — Sinai Elementary

                    Hampton — A.W.E. Bassette Elementary

                    Henrico County — L. Douglas Wilder Middle

                    Lynchburg — Dearington Elementary/Innovation

                    Newport News — Horace H. Epes Elementary, Newsome Park Elementary and Sedgefield Elementary

                    Norfolk — Campostella Elementary, Chesterfield Academy Elementary, Jacox Elementary, James Monroe Elementary and Lake Taylor Middle

                    Petersburg — Vernon Johns Middle

                    Prince William County — Belmont Elementary

                    Richmond — Binford Middle, Blackwell Elementary, Chimborazo Elementary, Elkhardt Thompson Middle, G.H. Reid Elementary, Ginter Park Elementary, Henderson Middle, John Marshall High, Martin Luther King Jr. Middle, Oak Grove/Bellemeade Elementary, Richmond Alternative, Swansboro Elementary and Woodville Elementary


Focus schools must employ state-approved, school-improvement coaches. Focus schools retain their designation for a minimum of two years unless they no longer receive federal Title I funding. The 48 Focus schools for 2017-2018 are as follows, by division:

                    Albemarle County — Mary Carr Greer Elementary, Paul H. Cale Elementary, Red Hill Elementary and Woodbrook Elementary

                    Alexandria — William Ramsay Elementary

                    Bedford County — Moneta Elementary

                    Bristol — Highland View Elementary

                    Brunswick County — Totaro Elementary

                    Campbell County — Altavista Elementary

                    Danville — G.L.H. Johnson Elementary

                    Fairfax County — Graham Road Elementary, Herndon Elementary and Saratoga Elementary

                    Franklin County — Rocky Mount Elementary

                    Greensville County — Greensville Elementary

                    Halifax County — Clays Mill Elementary

                    Henrico County — Glen Lea Elementary, Harold Macon Ratcliffe Elementary, Highland Springs Elementary and Montrose Elementary

                    Hopewell — Patrick Copeland Elementary

                    Lunenburg County — Kenbridge Elementary and Victoria Elementary

                    Lynchburg — William M. Bass Elementary

                    Martinsville — Martinsville Middle and Patrick Henry Elementary

                    Montgomery County — Prices Fork Elementary

                    Nelson County — Tye River Elementary

                    Newport News — Hidenwood Elementary

                    Norfolk — Norview Elementary, Richard Bowling Elementary, St. Helena Elementary and William H. Ruffner Middle

                    Page County — Stanley Elementary

                    Petersburg — Robert E. Lee Elementary

                    Prince Edward County — Prince Edward Middle

                    Richmond — Albert Hill Middle, Armstrong High, George Mason Elementary, George Wythe High, J.L. Francis Elementary, Lucille M. Brown Middle and Westover Hills Elementary

                    Shenandoah County — W.W. Robinson Elementary

                    Spotsylvania County — Riverview Elementary

                    Staunton — Bessie Weller Elementary

                    Suffolk — Booker T. Washington Elementary

                    Westmoreland — Washington District Elementary


State and federal accountability ratings and related information for all schools are available on []School Quality Profile reports and the VDOE Website.

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