Report: 30 percent of Va. schools come up short

RICHMOND, Va. (AP/WAVY) — Virginia education officials say more than 30 percent of the state’s public schools failed to meet full accreditation standards last year.

The Department of Education reported Tuesday that 68 percent of the state’s 1,827 schools were fully accredited based on Standards of Learning test results. That is down from 77 percent the previous year and 93 percent two years ago.

The number of schools accredited with warning increased from 393 to 545. Ten schools were denied accreditation because of persistently low student achievement. Four of those schools are in Norfolk.

  • NorfolkCampostella Elementary, which had been Accredited with Warning for three consecutive years; William H. Ruffner Middle for a third consecutive year; Lake Taylor Middle, which had been Accredited with Warning for three consecutive years; and Lindenwood Elementary for a second consecutive year
  • Alexandria — Jefferson-Houston Elementary for a third consecutive year
  • Henrico County — L. Douglas Wilder Middle, which had been Accredited with Warning for three consecutive years
  • Northampton County — Kiptopeke Elementary, which had Conditional Accreditation for the last three years
  • Petersburg — Peabody Middle for a ninth consecutive year and A.P. Hill Elementary for a second consecutive year
  • Richmond — Fred D. Thompson Middle, which had been Accredited with Warning for three consecutive years

The status of 14 Virginia schools seeking conditional accreditation will be determined by the Board of Education in October, including the following in Hampton Roads:

  • Hampton — Jane H. Bryan Elementary
  • Newport News — Newsome Park Elementary, Sedgefield Elementary and Willis A. Jenkins Elementary
  • Norfolk — Booker T. Washington High and Tidewater Park Elementary
  • Portsmouth — I.C. Norcom High
  • Virginia Beach — Bayside Middle

Education officials attributed the poorer results to more rigorous standards implemented in 2011.

To earn full accreditation, at least 75 percent of students must pass reading and writing SOL tests and at least 70 percent must pass the math, science and history assessments.

Accreditation ratings for 2014-2015 and updated online report cards for all schools and school divisions are available on the VDOE website.

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