Accreditation Release

Percent of Virginia Schools Meet SOL Standards

Three-Year Averaging of
Math Allows 750 Schools to Earn Fully Accredited

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

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

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.”


SOL Accreditation Ratings



with Warning


(New Schools)


To Be





































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.

In middle schools and
high schools, a pass rate of at least 70 percent in all four subject areas is
required for full accreditation. In elementary schools, a combined pass rate of
at least 75 percent on English tests in grades 3-5 is required for full
accreditation. Elementary schools also must achieve pass rates of at least 70
percent in mathematics, grade-5 science and grade-5 history, and pass rates of
at least 50 percent in grade-3 science and grade-3 history. Beginning with tests
administered in 2012-2013, the minimum pass rate for English will rise to 75
percent for all grades, and the pass rates for the other three core areas — at
all grade levels — will be 70 percent.

Accreditation ratings
also may reflect adjustments made for schools that successfully remediate
students who failed reading or mathematics tests during the previous year.
Adjustments also may be made for students with limited-English proficiency and
for students who have recently transferred into a Virginia public

The number of schools
accredited with warning rose to 100, compared with 30 last

Six schools were
“provisionally accredited-warned in graduation” this year compared to 30 last

Two schools were denied
accreditation this year because of chronically low student achievement:

  • Peabody Middle in Petersburg for a
    seventh consecutive year; and
  • Lafayette-Wynona Middle in Norfolk for
    a third consecutive year.

One school — Ellen W.
Chambliss Elementary in Sussex County — earned full accreditation for 2012-2013
after being denied accreditation for three consecutive years. Nine newly opened
schools are automatically rated as conditionally accredited for

The status of five
schools is expected to be determined by the Board of Education at its October

  • Albemarle County's Murray High — which
    was fully accredited last year — based on alternative accreditation due to a
    graduating class below 50.
  • Alexandria's Jefferson-Houston
    Elementary — which was accredited with warning last year — based on its proposed
    reconstitution plan
  • Norfolk's
    • Lindenwood Elementary — which was
      conditionally accredited last year — based on its continuation of reconstitution
    • William H. Ruffner Middle — which was
      accredited with warning last year — based on its proposed reconstitution
  • Northampton County's Kiptopeke
    Elementary in Northampton County — which was conditionally accredited last year
    — based on its continuation of reconstitution plan

Under Virginia's SOL
accountability program, a school that has been on academic warning for three
consecutive years and fails to meet state standards for a fourth consecutive
year can apply to the Board of Education for conditional accreditation — if the
local school board agrees to reconstitute the school's leadership, staff,
governance or student population. A reconstituted school can retain conditional
accreditation for up to three years if it is making acceptable progress toward
meeting state standards.

In 85 of the
commonwealth's 132 school divisions, all schools are fully accredited, compared
with 97 last year. Divisions with all schools fully accredited (other than new
schools that automatically receive conditional accreditation)

  • Accomack County
  • Alleghany County
  • Amelia County
  • Appomattox County
  • Augusta County
  • Bath County
  • Bland County
  • Botetourt County
  • Buckingham County
  • Caroline County
  • Charlotte County
  • Charlottesville
  • Chesapeake
  • Chesterfield County
  • Clarke County
  • Colonial Beach
  • Colonial Heights
  • Craig County
  • Culpeper County
  • Cumberland County
  • Dickenson County
  • Fairfax County
  • Falls Church
  • Fauquier County
  • Floyd County
  • Franklin County
  • Fredericksburg
  • Galax
  • Giles County
  • Gloucester County
  • Goochland County
  • Greene County
  • Greensville County
  • Halifax County
  • Hanover County
  • Harrisonburg
  • Henry County
  • Highland County
  • Isle of Wight County
  • King George County
  • King William County
  • Lancaster County
  • Lexington
  • Loudoun County
  • Lunenburg County
  • Manassas Park
  • Martinsville
  • Mathews County
  • Middlesex County
  • Nelson County
  • New Kent County
  • Northumberland County
  • Norton
  • Nottoway County
  • Patrick County
  • Pittsylvania County
  • Poquoson
  • Powhatan County
  • Prince Edward County
  • Prince George County
  • Pulaski County
  • Radford
  • Rappahannock County
  • Richmond County
  • Roanoke County
  • Rockbridge County
  • Rockingham County
  • Russell County
  • Salem
  • Scott County
  • Shenandoah County
  • Smyth County
  • Spotsylvania County
  • Stafford County
  • Surry County
  • Warren County
  • Washington County
  • Waynesboro
  • West Point
  • Westmoreland County
  • Williamsburg-James City County
  • Winchester
  • Wise County
  • Wythe County
  • York County

Updated accreditation
ratings for 2012-2013
for all schools are
available on the VDOE website.

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