98 Percent of Virginia Schools Meet SOL Standards

September 15, 2010

Ninety-eight percent of Virginia’s public schools are fully accredited and meeting current state standards for achievement in English, mathematics, history and science based on 2009-2010 assessment results, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) announced Wednesday.

“Because of the extraordinary and sustained efforts of thousands of Virginia teachers, principals and other educators, almost all of our schools have achieved a goal that many thought was unrealistic when Standards of Learning (SOL) testing began in 1998,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright.

The 2010-2011 ratings represent the second consecutive year in which all but two percent of the commonwealth’s public schools are fully accredited. Students in 98 percent, or 1,815, of the commonwealth’s 1,850 schools met or exceeded state objectives on SOL tests and other statewide assessments in the four core academic areas.

Ninety-eight percent of Virginia’s elementary and middle schools and 99 percent of the commonwealth’s high schools are now fully accredited.

In 119 of the commonwealth’s 132 school divisions, all schools are fully accredited, compared with 117 last year.

Are school divisions with all schools fully accredited (other than new schools that automatically receive conditional accreditation) are:

- Buckingham
- Charlottesville
- Fluvanna
- Greene
- Louisa
- Madison
- Nelson
- Orange

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