September 26, 2012
Virginia education officials say 93 percent of Virginia's public schools are fully accredited after meeting state benchmarks.
The Virginia Department of Education said Wednesday that all but 122 of the state's 1,836 schools met objectives on 2011-12 Standards of Learning tests and other assessments in English, mathematics, science and history - and, for high schools, graduation. That's down from 96 percent last year.
Officials say that, as predicted, the decrease is in part due to more rigorous mathematics tests introduced during the last school year.
Among Virginia's high schools, 90 percent meet full accreditation standards, up from 86 percent last year when the state first included high school graduation and completion among its accountability measures. Eighty-eight percent of middle schools and 96 percent of elementary schools also are fully accredited.
In Central Virginia, only Murray High School in Albemarle County has not yet received accreditation. Its status is expected to be determined by the Board of Education at its October meeting because it is an alternative school with a graduating class of less than 50 students.
The City of Charlottesville along with Buckingham, Culpeper, Greene, and Nelson Counties all received full accreditation.
Central Elementary School in Fluvanna County received a conditional accreditation. Moss-Nuckols Elementary in Louisa County, William H. Wetsel Middle in Madison County, and Locust Grove Primary in Orange County received accreditation with warning. The rest of the schools in those counties received full accreditation.
The full list of results is attached to this story.