NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The Virginia Department of Education released its latest findings for accredited schools in the state.
More than eight out of 10 Virginia public schools are now fully accredited as the result of improved performance of students on Standards of Learning tests and 2016 legislation providing multi-year accreditation for schools that have consistently met the Commonwealth’s accountability standards, according to a release from the DOE.
Currently, 81 percent of Virginia’s schools are fully accredited for 2016-2017, which is a three-point improvement.
“I hope these results will encourage teachers, principals and other educators in all of our schools as they strive to help students meet Virginia’s high expectations for learning and achievement,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples said.
Of the 218 schools rated as partially accredited during 2015-2016, 59 are now fully accredited.
According to the DOE, seven schools earned full accreditation after undergoing reconstitution last year, which includes three local schools:
- Southampton County — Riverdale Elementary
- Suffolk — King`s Fork High
- Virginia Beach — Williams Elementary
Two schools — Hunter B. Andrews School (PK-8) in Hampton and Kiptopeke Elementary in Northampton County — moved from accreditation denied to fully accredited as a result of improved student performance.
Additionally, 29 schools in eleven divisions were denied state accreditation for 2016-2017 because of persistently low student achievement. 11 of those schools are located in Hampton Roads.
- Hampton — A.W.E. Bassette Elementary for a second consecutive year
- Newport News — Hidenwood Elementary, Huntington Middle and Lee Hall Elementary for the first year; Mary Passage Middle and Willis A. Jenkins Elementary for a second consecutive year; and Newsome Park Elementary and Sedgefield Elementary for a third consecutive year
- Norfolk — P.B. Young Sr. Elementary and Tidewater Park Elementary for a second year; Southside STEM Academy at Campostella Elementary and Lake Taylor Middle for a third year; Lindenwood Elementary for a fourth consecutive year; and William H. Ruffner Middle for a fifth consecutive year
- Portsmouth — Churchland Middle for a second consecutive year
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