SOL scores show improvement at Portsmouth schools

PORTSMOUTH, Va (WAVY) — Good news for Portsmouth: in light the Standards Of Learning (SOL) scores released this week, the district expects at least 10 schools will be fully accredited this fall. That number is at least four more than last year.

Norcom High School met the target test scores, so it’s expected that all three of the city’s high schools will be fully accredited by the Virginia Department of Education.

Victory Elementary, James Hurst Elementary and Churchland Academy were accredited with warning last year, but based on their improvements, they should be fully accredited in October. Other elementary schools expected to be fully accredited are: Churchland, Churchland Primary & Intermediate, Hodges Manor, and Simonsdale.

WAVY.com spoke with Portsmouth School Board Member Ted Lamb Thursday morning, who said the secret to success starts at home: “Parental involvement is key, it’s huge. As a classroom teacher for 18 years in a special education setting, I can’t speak enough of that,” Lamb said.

The state department of education is revising its accreditation standards, and it’s possible more Portsmouth schools will be accredited based on student progression.

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