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All county schools rated fully accredited

 

Sealston listed as a Focus school
All five King George schools have been rated fully accredited by the state.

That was the news gleaned from last week’s release from the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) in its announcement on Sept. 20.

Division Superintendent Rob Benson provided the news to the School Board through an email, also providing a link to the state’s announcement.

Benson noted that all of the county schools are fully accredited including Sealston Elementary, which is listed as a Focus school with Benson saying it has made improvement.   

Benson commented about last Friday’s VDOE release of federal accountability information.

He said, “Our students performed well on their tests last spring. However, we must continue to pursue better performance on more rigorous tests in the years to come, thus our emphasis on curriculum planning and progress monitoring through quality assessment beginning this year.”

The VDOE release bemoaned the fact that fewer schools across the Commonwealth met the benchmarks from last year, while also saying that’s because the standards are higher.

The announcement stated, “The percentage of schools meeting state accreditation standards dropped sharply, as a consequence of the introduction of rigorous new reading, writing and science Standards of Learning (SOL) tests during 2012-2013, as well as a second year of results from more challenging mathematics assessments.”

VDOE said that 77 percent of Virginia’s public schools earned the fully-accredited rating for 2013-14, which was a drop from 93 percent achieving that designation for 2012-13.

That translates to the actual number of schools achieving full accreditation for the current year at 1,413 out of 1,828 public schools across the state.

In related news, VDOE noted that the number of schools ‘accredited with warning’ nearly quadrupled to 395, and six schools have been denied state accreditation because of chronically low achievement.

Those and other comments contained in the state announcement provide even more cause for pride in the county’s students, teachers, administrators and support staff. Parents also played a big role in their students’ success.

Without all factors working together, the division’s five schools would not have met all the benchmarks required for accreditation.

The VDOE noted the decline in the number of school divisions with all of their schools meeting full accreditation for the current year, compared to last year.

All schools are fully accredited in 36 of the Commonwealth’s 132 school divisions, compared with 87 last year.

The county schools that are fully accredited are King George High School, King George Middle School, King George Elementary School, Potomac Elementary School and Sealston Elementary School.

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