Four more Henrico County schools have become fully state-accredited, according to information the Virginia Department of Education released today. For the first time since the 2012-13 school year, all nine HCPS high schools are fully accredited.
The number of fully accredited schools rose to 48 of the school division’s 67 K-12 schools. Dumbarton, Johnson and Ward elementary schools all regained full accreditation, as did Highland Springs High School.
“Overall, more schools have earned full accreditation and others are making gains toward that goal,” said HCPS Superintendent Patrick C. Kinlaw. “We still have work to do. We must also remember to look beyond the numbers and consider the whole child. We want our students, families and schools to know that we’re proud of the hard work and dedication that goes into educating the children of Henrico County.
“Of course, we’ll never stop striving for improvements. In the coming year, our community can expect to see schools focus on several key areas including K-12 literacy, cultural competency and equity, family engagement, and closing behavioral gaps. This focus will support our students as they strive for academic success.”
The division has been implementing an aggressive plan to support student achievement. The schools where new initiatives have been implemented most successfully are helping guide improvements at other schools. The efforts include an intensive focus on literacy; on early elementary grades and middle schools; and on new staff development opportunities and providing teachers with support. Middle schools working toward full accreditation are receiving additional resources for students who need more support in math or other subject areas. The division is also exploring the possibility of expanded specialty center options to provide additional high-quality educational choices for middle school students and their families.
The Virginia Department of Education revamped its accreditation categories in 2014 in order to recognize schools that made significant gains.
The categories include:
- Fully accredited.
- Partially accredited: Approaching benchmark (Schools that are not fully accredited but are within a narrow margin of the adjusted SOL pass rates required for full accreditation in one or more subject areas.)
- Partially accredited: Improving (schools making progress toward meeting SOL criteria, as defined by state guidelines).
- Partially accredited: Warned (Schools which may be seeing higher scores, but are not making enough progress toward state guidelines to be designated as improving).
- Accreditation denied.
Schools’ accreditation ratings are based primarily on SOL exam pass rates. In recent years, Virginia’s SOL exams have become more difficult.
School leaders also encourage Henrico County citizens to get involved in schools to help students succeed. For information on how to become a mentor, school-community partner, volunteer or PTA member, go to henricoschools.us and click “Community.”
Please see the chart below for a list of Henrico County schools and their state accreditation ratings:
|HCPS schools fully accredited for 2016-17
|HCPS schools designated “Partially accredited: Improving,” “Partially accredited: Approaching benchmark” or “Partially accredited: Warned” for 2016-17
|To be determined
Schools in bold moved to full state accreditation.
The status of Donahoe, Fair Oaks, Glen Lea, Mehfoud, Montrose, Ratcliffe, Sandston and Varina elementary schools, and Brookland, Elko, Fairfield and Rolfe middle schools has not yet been officially determined by the Virginia Department of Education. L. Douglas Wilder Middle School was denied accreditation.
For a school to earn full accreditation, students must achieve adjusted pass rates of at least 75 percent on English reading and writing SOL tests, 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.
For more information about the accreditation process and 2016-17 accreditation ratings visit the Virginia Department of Education’s website.