Virginia Public School Accreditation Rate Drops

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia education officials say 93 percent of Virginia's public schools are fully accredited after meeting state benchmarks.

In Central Virginia, Peabody Middle School in Petersburg was denied accreditation for a seventh consecutive year because of poor student performance.    

For a full release on this year's results, click here.

The Virginia Department of Education said Wednesday that all but 122 of the state's 1,836 schools met objectives on 2011-12 Standards of Learning tests and other assessments in English, mathematics, science and history – and, for high schools, graduation. That's down from 96 percent last year.
Officials say that, as predicted, the decrease is in part due to more rigorous mathematics tests introduced during the last school year.
Among Virginia's high schools, 90 percent meet full accreditation standards, up from 86 percent last year when the state first included high school graduation and completion among its accountability measures. Eighty-eight percent of middle schools and 96 percent of elementary schools also are fully accredited.

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