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King George schools are fully accredited

Schools among 93 percent schools to meet state standards 

All five King George schools are fully accredited under state standards. 

That came with last week’s announcement from the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) that 93 percent of Virginia schools met state standards as a result of Standards of Learning (SOL) test results during the 2011-12 school year. 

96 percent of Virginia’s elementary schools and 88 percent of middle schools are fully accredited for the 2012-2013 school year, based on the performance of students on SOLs and other state assessments during 2011-2012.

All five of the King George division schools were among the schools meeting the state standards for achievement in English, mathematics, history and science. The accreditation announcement was made on Sept. 26 by VDOE, with report card information for individual schools and divisions posted the same day.  

DETAILS FOR INDIVIDUAL SCHOOLS POSTED ONLINE

Detailed multi-page report cards indicating student achievement can be found online at the VDOE website for each school in King George as well as for all public schools in Virginia. 

Enter the following direct link into your web browser, then the use the drop-down menu to see individual school report cards:    https://p1pe.doe.virginia.gov/reportcard/ 

The accreditation ratings announced by VDOE last week are based on the achievement of students on SOL assessments and approved substitute tests in English, mathematics, history and science administered during the fall of 2011 and the spring of 2012, or on overall achievement during the three most recent academic years. 

The results of tests administered in each subject area are combined to produce overall school passing percentages in English, mathematics, history and science. 

Three-year averaging of mathematics test results allowed 750 schools across the state to earn fully accredited status. There are 71 Virginia schools that did not achieve full accreditation due to mathematics.

REQUIREMENTS

In middle and high schools, a pass rate of at least 70 percent in all four subject areas is required for full accreditation. 

Elementary schools must achieve a combined pass rate of at least 75 percent on English tests in grades 3-5 for full accreditation. 

Elementary schools also must achieve pass rates of at least 70 percent in mathematics, grade-5 science and grade-5 history, and pass rates of at least 50 percent in grade-3 science and grade-3 history. 

Accreditation ratings also may reflect adjustments made for schools that successfully remediate students who failed reading or mathematics tests during the previous year. 

That’s due to the ability for schools to use a rolling three-year average during the three most recent academic years. 

Adjustments also may be made for students with limited-English proficiency and for students who have recently transferred into a Virginia public school.

TOUGHER STANDARDS

Beginning with tests administered during this new current school year, 2012-13, the minimum pass rate for English will rise to 75 percent for all grades, and the pass rates for the other three core areas will be 70 percent for all grade levels.

ANNUAL MEASURABLE OBJECTIVES

Bear in mind that Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) has been replaced with a new accountability standard, Annual Measurable Objectives (AMO or AMOs). AMOs are the minimum required percentages of students determined to be proficient in each content area.

As reported earlier this year, the change in jargon and accountability standards came about following the state’s requested approval of a waiver from various provisions of No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The waiver means that Virginia’s schools will not be required to meet those federal NCLB benchmarks for reading and mathematics or the federal law’s mandate that all students achieve grade-level proficiency by 2014.

PRIORITY, FOCUS & REWARD SCHOOLS

 

Along with the shift from AYP to AMOs, there will be additional reporting by the state expected next month, with VDOE expected to announce low-performing Title I schools, which will be identified as “priority” and “focus” schools. High-performing Title I schools will be recognized as “reward” schools. 

According to the VDOE, Priority Schools will be identified based on overall student performance in reading and mathematics. Focus Schools will be identified based on the reading and mathematics performance of students in three “proficiency gap groups” comprising students who historically have had difficulty meeting the state’s achievement standards: 

Proficiency Gap Group 1 – Students with disabilities, English language learners and economically disadvantaged students, regardless of race and ethnicity; 

Proficiency Gap Group 2 – African-American students, not of Hispanic origin, including those also counted in Proficiency Gap Group 1; 

Proficiency Gap Group 3 – Hispanic students, of one or more races, including those also counted in Proficiency Gap Group 1. 

Title I schools that are high achieving or demonstrate significant improvement will be recognized as Reward Schools by earning recognition through the Virginia Index of Performance, Title I Distinguished School and federal Blue Ribbon School awards programs. 

 

Phyllis Cook

 

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