Ninety-three percent of Virginia's public schools are fully accredited, according to numbers released Wednesday afternoon by the Virginia Department of Education.
According to the VDOE, 96 percent of elementary schools and 88 percent of middle schools are fully accredited for the 2012-13 school year. Accreditation is based on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests during the 2011-2012 school year.
The number of fully accredited high schools rose to 90 percent, up four percent from last school year.
All of Roanoke City Schools are accredited except for William Fleming High School. The school received "an accredited with warning" status.
School Superintendent Rita Bishop says the results made her very unhappy.
But, she believes in William Fleming, the students, and the team in place.
In the academic subjects, the standard is 70 percent. In math, Fleming had just 46 percent. While in social studies, it had 61.
The benchmarks for graduation is 80 percent and Fleming fell just short at 75 percent.
Both science and English were above the state benchmarks.
In fact, Bishop told me the numbers in science were the highest Fleming has ever received since SOL testing began
"This community, for it to be as strong as it needs to be, has to maintain very high expectations for everyone associated with Roanoke City Public Schools," Bishop said. "I don't make excuses and I don't accept excuses, but we're going to bring this school into the absolute bright light we should be in."
Archie Freeman has been made principal at Fleming. He previously worked at the school as assistant principal and most recently was a principal at Woodrow Wilson Middle.
Bishop says Freeman's team has what it takes to turn the school around.
Bishop said she believes in Fleming and believes next year's number will be a turn-around.
Two Montgomery County high schools are not fully accredited -- Eastern Montgomery High School and Christiansburg High School. Both of those schools are accredited with warning. Leaders at Eastern Montgomery and Christiansburg must now come up with and implement a plan to raise scores.
All Lynchburg City High Schools are fully accredited. However, three of its 16 schools did not reach that status. Heritage Elementary, Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle School, and Sandusky Middle all are accredited with warning.
According to a news release from Lynchburg City Schools Heritage, Dunbar, and Sandusky received the accredited with warning status in math after falling short of the 70 percent benchmark. All schools exceeded the mark in all other subject areas -- including English, history, and science. The school system says it has already put instructional programs in place to support schools.
The following school divisions in the WDBJ7 viewing area received full accreditation: Alleghany County, Appomattox County, Augusta County, Bath County, Bland County, Botetourt County, Craig County, Floyd County, Franklin County, Galax, Giles County, Halifax County, Henry County, Lexington, Martinsville, Nelson County, Patrick County, Pittsylvania County, Pulaski County, Radford, Roanoke County, Rockbridge County, Salem, Smyth County, Wythe County.
Here is the news release from the Virginia Department of Education:
Ninety-three percent of Virginia’s 1,836 public schools are fully accredited and meeting all state standards for achievement in English, mathematics, history and science — and graduation, in the case of high schools — the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) announced today.
Ninety-six 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 Standards of Learning (SOL) and other state assessments during 2011-2012.
The percentage of fully accredited high schools rose to 90 percent, compared with 86 percent last year when the Board of Education began including a “graduation and completion index” into the accountability formula for high schools, in addition to student achievement on state tests. The graduation and completion index system awards full credit for students who earn a board-recognized diploma and partial credit for students who earn GEDs and local credentials, as well as for students who are still enrolled and expected to return for a fifth year of high school. High schools must have a graduation and completion index of at least 85 for full accreditation.
The percentage of schools earning full accreditation for 2012-2013 is three points lower than the percentage that earned the highest rating for 2011-2012.
“This year’s decrease in the percentage of schools meeting the fully accredited rating is attributed, in part, to results of the new college- and career-ready mathematics tests that were first introduced during 2011-2012,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright said. “We can expect a similar impact next year when we see the results of schools implementing more rigorous standards and tests in English and science this school year.”
“Even with three-year averaging, the board’s move to more rigorous standards will continue to present accreditation challenges for many of the commonwealth’s schools,” said Board of Education President David M. Foster.” We are confident, however, that over the long haul our graduates will be better prepared to succeed in college and the work place.”
2012-2013 SOL Accreditation Ratings
Accredited with Warning
Conditional (New Schools)
To Be Determined
Seven of the 22 high schools accredited with warning had graduation and completion indices below this year’s 81-point benchmark for provisional accreditation. Provisional accreditation will not be available after 2015-2016.
In addition to high school-exit data, the accreditation ratings announced today 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 allowed 750 schools to earn the fully accredited status. Seventy-one schools did not achieve full accreditation due to mathematics only.