Charlottesville Schools Make The Grade

By: Jummy Olabanji Email
By: Jummy Olabanji Email

August 23, 2007

The Virginia Department of Education released data on Thursday on the progress schools are making toward meeting the federal “No Child Left Behind” Act.

For a Virginia school to have made AYP, it must meet or exceed 29 requirements in statewide testing.

Missing a single requirement may result in a school or division not making AYP.

Some of the things that go into consideration are sol scores in reading and math, participation, attendance and graduation rates.

As a division Albemarle County Public Schools did not make AYP for the 2006-2007school year.

Although 18 schools did pass AYP individually, there were seven schools that did not.

Some areas that the county sees a need for improvement are math scores for underrepresented minority groups.

The board supported through its funding request last year some math specialists that we are going to be deploying in our schools. Some of those folks are going to be specifically at middle school instruction and we've also got some going into elementary schools,” said Dr. Bruce Benson.

The City of Charlottesville on the other hand, did make AYP for the first time ever as a division.

Seven city schools passed the bar, with only two not making AYP.

City leaders share their excitement but know more work has to be done.

“It's not just looking at a couple of schools, its looking at all of our schools because the benchmarks go up and we want all of our kids to succeed,” said Harley Miles.

“Our students are to be commended for taking their role in this accountability process very seriously and improving their achievement. We know that we are only going to see greater and better things from all of our children, teachers, and staff, “said Gertrude Ivory.

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