Report: Fewer Va. Schools Fully Accredited
Sept. 16, 2014
The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is releasing new accreditation numbers for schools across the Commonwealth.
According to the report, 1,246 (68 percent), of Virginia’s 1,827 public schools are rated as Fully Accredited for 2014-2015. Previously, 77 percent were Fully Accredited for 2013-2014, and 93 percent for 2012-2013.
Ten schools in six divisions are denied state accreditation for 2014-2015 because of persistently low student achievement:
- Alexandria, Jefferson-Houston Elementary
- Henrico County, L. Douglas Wilder Middle
- Norfolk, Campostella Elementary; William H. Ruffner Middle; Lake Taylor Middle; Lindenwood Elementary
- Northampton County, Kiptopeke Elementary
- Petersburg, Peabody Middle; A.P. Hill Elementary
- Richmond, Fred D. Thompson Middle
The number of schools Accredited with Warning rose to 545, an increase from last year’s total of 393.
VDOE says the decline is a result of more rigorous reading, writing, science and mathematics Standards of Learning (SOL) tests.
“In every school division I have visited, I have been impressed by the determination of teachers, principals, superintendents and other educators to meet the higher expectations we now have for our students and schools,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples said. “The challenge now is to move beyond the temporary disappointment of an accreditation rating and work together.”
The divisions with all schools fully accredited (other than new schools that automatically receive conditional accreditation) are:
- Bland County
- Colonial Heights
- Craig County
- Falls Church
- Fluvanna County
- Goochland County
- King William County
- Manassas Park
- New Kent County
- Powhatan County
- Rappahannock County
- Richmond County
- Roanoke County
- West Point
- Williamsburg-James City County
- Wise County
- York County
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