HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) - Virginia education officials say 96 percent of Virginia's public schools are fully accredited after meeting state benchmarks. More than a dozen Hampton Roads schools are not.
The Virginia Department of Education said Thursday that all but 70 of the state's 1,768 schools met objectives on 2010-11 Standards of Learning tests and other statewide assessments in English, mathematics, science and history -- and, for high schools, graduation. That's down from 98 percent last year.
Of the 30 schools across all Virginia school districts accredited with warning, 14 are in South Hampton Roads and the majority are in Norfolk. They include: Aberdeen Elementary and Jane H. Bryan Elementary in Hampton, Newsome Park Elementary, Sedgefield Elementary and Willis A. Jenkins Elementary in Newport News, Booker T. Washington High, Campostella Elementary, Granby High, Lake Taylor Middle, Tidewater Park Elementary and William H. Ruffner Middle in Norfolk. I.C. Norcom and Woodrow Wilson High Schools in Portsmouth and Bayside Middle in Virginia Beach were also accredited with warning.
This is the first time the state included high school graduation and completion among its accountability measures. Among Hampton Roads schools, Woodrow Wilson High received the lowest rating on the 100-point scale, with a 74. Hickory High School in Chesapeake received the highest rating: 99. All Chesapeake schools received full accreditation this year.
"Whenever standards are raised, there are schools that require time to meet the new expectations," Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright said. "The fact that 86 percent of high schools already meet or exceed the standard for graduation and completion speaks to the efforts of educators and administrators to raise graduation rates."
The status of three schools is expected to be determined by the Board of Education at its October meeting:
Lafayette Winona Middle in Norfolk – which was denied accreditation last year – is seeking conditional accreditation based on the implementation of its reconstitution plan. Lindenwood Elementary in Norfolk and Kiptopeke Elementary in Northampton County – which were accredited with warning for a third consecutive year in 2010-2011 – are seeking conditional accreditation based on the strength of their proposed reconstitution plans.
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