8 more area schools denied state accreditation by Virginia Board of Education

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Eight more area schools have been denied state accreditation after the Virgina State Board of Education’s recent vote.

The following Richmond City Schools were denied accreditation: Blackwell Elementary, Chimborazo Elementary, George Mason Elementary, Overby-Sheppard Elementary, Westover Hills Elementary, Woodville Elementary and Thomas Jefferson High School.

Harold Macon Ratcliffe Elementary School in Henrico was also not accredited.

8News’ Parker Slaybaugh caught up with Richmond City school parent Marilyn Hewlett about the news.

“It’s sad because I think the accreditation is very important for the schools,” parent Marilyn Hewlett told 8News’ Parker Slaybaugh. “We as parents and also the school system can do much more to get the kids brought up to the point where they can reach accreditation.”

The new schools add to an already long list that includes Amelia Street Special Education, Armstrong High, Martin Luther King Middle, Patrick Henry School of Science and Arts, Richmond Alternative, Elizabeth D. Redd Middle and Swansboro Elementary.

84b01b78f8f54044bff94c10dee0f6b3School Board member Kim Gray said that while the news is disappointing, there have been signs of improvements.

“We have seen gains in many of the schools,” Gray said. “For instance: at Overby-Sheppard, in History, we saw a 24 point gain in the scores, but the cutoff is at 70 percent. So, even though they showed tremendous gains in that area, they didn’t make the mark.”

According to the Virginia Administrative Code, accreditation is the process used by the Virginia Department of Education to evaluate the educational performance of public schools to ensure that students are able to be equipped for citizenship, work and to live a private life that is informed and free.

In order to be accredited, schools must do the following: provide an essential foundation of educational programs of high quality for all students, encourage continuous improvement and appraisal of the school program for the purpose of raising student achievement, foster public confidence, assure recognition of Virginia’s public schools by other institutions of learning, and establish a means of determining the effectiveness of schools.

Click here for more detailed standards for accreditation.

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