All Carroll schools fully accredited

Staff Report

The Carroll County Public School Division is one of just 65 of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s 132 school divisions to have all of its schools fully accredited this year. According to School Superintendent Dr. Shirley Perry, this accomplishment puts Carroll among 65 Districts to earn full accreditation.

The Virginia Department of Education has announced that 86 percent, or 1,573, of the commonwealth’s 1,823 public schools are rated as Fully Accredited for this school year, based on the performance of students on Standards of Learning and other state-approved assessments in English, mathematics, science and history during 2016-2017. This represents a five-point improvement over last year, when 81 percent of schools earned the state’s top accountability rating.

Perry said Carroll is in Region 7, which is composed of 19 school districts with 14 of the 19 having accredited schools. Five of those districts have achieved full accredititon.

For a school to earn full accreditation, students must achieve adjusted pass rates of at least 75 percent in English and at least 70 percent on assessments in mathematics, science and history. High schools must also meet a benchmark for graduation and completion. Accreditation ratings may also reflect an average of achievement over several years. Perry said while Carroll is excited about earning the honor it is just one of many components to bolster high student achievement.

“We want to shoot for 85 to 90 percent. We want to aim above the targets, to always shoot for higher achievement. We don’t want to just stay within the many regular requirements,” Perry said. She praised the work of teachers and staff which made full accreditation possible. Perry also praised first year principal Marlin Campbell’s efforts at Gladeville Elementary, which was the only district school remaining to be accredited.

Perry said another important index for student achievement is the graduation rate. She said Carroll had to meet at least 85 percent or better (Carroll has a graduation rate of 93 percent).

“We are very pleased with our graduation rate. We are going to keep it rolling in a positive direction as we look to our upcoming Intercession events. We want the students to be so engaged they forget they are learning. I feel education is in a transition period. Into something different and fun. It’s not so much Intercession is so new, it’s that it’s learning in a different way,” said Perry.

In June, the state Board of Education approved revisions to the Standards of Accreditation that place increased emphasis on closing achievement gaps between student groups – and continuous improvement in all schools – while providing a more comprehensive view of school quality. A final vote on the revised standards by the board is expected in November.

“I congratulate the teachers, principals, support staff and other educators in these schools for their hard work and dedication to helping students meet the commonwealth’s high expectations for learning and achievement,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples said. “I also want to thank and encourage educators in schools that are making progress as they move closer to achieving full accreditation. As we begin the transition to a new accountability system that recognizes growth and includes important outcomes such as achievement gaps and dropout rates, a commitment to continued improvement in all schools will be vital to our success.”

All schools are Fully Accredited this year in 65 of the commonwealth’s 132 school divisions, compared with 53 divisions last year. The divisions with all schools Fully Accredited (other than new schools that automatically receive conditional accreditation) are as follows:

• Amelia County

• Appomattox County

• Arlington County

• Bath County

• Bland County

• Botetourt County

• Carroll County

• Charles City County

• Charlottesville

• Clarke County

• Colonial Beach

• Colonial Heights

• Covington

• Craig County

• Dickenson County

• Dinwiddie County

• Falls Church

• Floyd County

• Fluvanna County

• Fredericksburg

• Galax

• Giles County

• Gloucester County

• Goochland County

• Greene County

• Hanover County

• Highland County

• Isle of Wight County

• King George County

• King William County

• King and Queen County

• Lexington

• Loudoun County

• Louisa County

• Manassas Park

• Mathews County

• Middlesex County

• New Kent County

• Norton

• Orange County

• Patrick County

• Pittsylvania County

• Poquoson

• Powhatan County

• Radford

• Rappahannock County

• Richmond County

• Roanoke County

• Rockingham County

• Russell County

• Salem

• Scott County

• Smyth County

• Southampton County

• Stafford County

• Surry County

• Sussex County

• Tazewell County

• Virginia Beach

• Washington County

• West Point

• Williamsburg-James City County

• Wise County

• Wythe County

• York County

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