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Schools mixed on accreditation
Patrick schools fully accredited
Sunday, September 22, 2013
By BEN R.WILLIAMS - Bulletin Staff Writer
Although all Patrick County schools have been fully accredited for 2013-14, the school system will continue looking for ways to improve, according to Assistant Superintendent Dean Gilbert.
According to a release from the Virginia Department of Education (DOE), Patrick County is among 36 school divisions in Virginia that received full accreditation for the 2013-14 year.
“Anytime you’re accredited, you’re always very pleased,” Gilbert said. “We’re going to look at what happened last year, and what we can do better this year to educate our students.
“You don’t want to backslide,” he added.
The release said that 93 percent of Virginia’s 1,828 public schools were rated as fully accredited for 2012-13, but that number dropped to 77 percent (1,413 schools) for 2013-14.
The reason for the drop in accreditation, according the DOE release, is that new, more rigorous reading, writing and science Standards of Learning (SOL) tests were administered last school year, and it was the second year of math tests that were more challenging.
“In addition,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia Wright, “the benchmark pass rates required for full accreditation have increased, and high schools must meet goals for improving graduation rates.”
On top of the 1,413 Virginia schools that received full accreditation, the release said, 395 Virginia schools were accredited with warning, three were provisionally accredited, 10 new schools were conditionally accredited, six schools were denied accreditation due to chronically low achievement and one school’s status is undetermined.