The number of LCPS schools designated as Accredited with Warning/Partially Accredited dropped from four to one, which results in 87 LCPS schools (99 percent) being Fully Accredited; far higher than the state average. Sixty-eight percent, or 1,246, of Virginia’s 1,827 public schools are rated as Fully Accredited for 2015-2016 compared with 68 percent for 2014-2015, and 77 percent for 2013-2014.
These ratings are based on Standards of Learning (SOL) testing during the 2014-15 school year.
Four LCPS schools designated “Accredited with Warning” in 2014-15 – Sterling Elementary School, Sterling Middle School, Park View High School and Tuscarora High School – are now Fully Accredited. This means they met the benchmarks of 75 percent proficiency in English and 70 percent proficiency in math. Sterling Elementary School, Park View High School and Tuscarora High School made percentage gains of 14, 17 and 23, respectively, in pass rates on the SOL math assessments.
For the 2015-16 school year, Sugarland Elementary is identified as Partially Accredited for English performance with 74 percent of students passing the SOL English assessment. Middleburg Community Charter School is identified as Partially Accredited for Science performance with 56 percent of students passing the SOL Science assessment.
LCPS instructional staff will provide support to Sugarland Elementary, including instructional audits (classroom walkthroughs); an academic review of lesson plans, classroom observations and student work; attendance at school leadership team meetings and principal coaching to be provided.
Middleburg Community Charter School will participate in an academic review of lesson plans, classroom observations and student work and other supports.
LCPS Superintendent Dr. Eric Williams was pleased with the gains the school division made in accreditation. “The success of our schools that were previously identified as Accredited with Warning shows the importance of high expectations for all students. I commend staff, students and parents for working to improve the growth of student achievement.”
Williams also stressed the importance of not overemphasizing scores on state exams. “The SOL scores that play a key role in accreditation are just one part of measuring student achievement. We want our students to perform well on state exams, but we also want them to demonstrate a mastery of content and competencies that will serve them well in life after high school.”
State and federal accountability ratings for all schools in Virginia can be accessed through the VDOE School Report Card website: https://p1pe.doe.virginia.gov/reportcard/