Henrico schools achieve, maintain academic gains
Henrico, Va. Sept. 30, 2019 – Information released today by the Virginia Department of Education shows Henrico County Public Schools making gains in some areas and maintaining recent progress in others.
All nine HCPS high schools attained Virginia’s “Level 1” status for English, math and science, meaning they met or exceeded state accreditation standards, or made significant progress. All 12 HCPS middle schools attained “Level 1” status in math, as well as in addressing absenteeism.
Fifty-nine of the school division’s 67 K-12 schools – or 88 percent – were designated as accredited. All nine Henrico high schools maintained accreditation. In the period since 2014-15, the school division has cut from 28 to eight the number of schools designated as not accredited or conditionally accredited.
Ratcliffe Elementary School regained its accreditation, and made impressive gains, including 7 percentage-point improvements in both English and math for all students, as well as noteworthy gains for black students, economically disadvantaged students, and students with disabilities.
Fair Oaks, Mehfoud, Montrose and Varina elementary schools – which all regained state accreditation in 2018 – maintained their accredited status in the new report.
“We couldn’t be prouder of the hard work and dedication of our students and staff members in making gains across a range of academic areas,” said Amy Cashwell, HCPS superintendent. “Academic growth doesn’t just happen. It takes all facets of a community working together. We are seeing the results of that hard work – by our staff members, our families, our School Board and our citizens.”
Other evidence of improvement included:
- 84% of HCPS schools achieved Level 1 for English.
- 97% of HCPS schools achieved Level 1 for math.
- 94% of HCPS schools achieved Level 1 for science.
- 91% of HCPS schools achieved Level 1 for addressing chronic absenteeism.
- Eight high schools achieved Level 1 for graduation rates.
Henrico County Public Schools continues to pursue an aggressive plan to ensure that all its schools reach and maintain accreditation. As part of that strategy, the school division is:
- Adding wraparound services outside the classroom to serve a variety of student needs. This full-service community model is a pilot project that is being expanded.
- Adopting a culturally responsive education model to integrate concepts of equity and multicultural awareness into curricula and teaching strategies.
- Adding instructional coaches to assist teachers with instruction and planning, based on data and student needs.
- Forming teams to aid in teacher collaboration.
- Adopting Virginia’s school improvement process at all HCPS schools, to ensure that everyone at a school is on the same page and focused on schoolwide data-driven objectives.
HCPS schools accredited for 2019-20:
(School in bold regained accreditation in 2019. Schools in italics maintained the accreditation they regained in 2018.)
L. Douglas Wilder*
Highland Springs #
J.R. Tucker #
– Accredited: Schools with all school quality indicators at either Level One or Level Two. In addition, high-performing schools with waivers from annual accreditation authorized by the General Assembly are rated as Accredited.
– Accredited with Conditions: Schools with one or more school quality indicators at Level Three.
– Accreditation Denied: Schools that fail to adopt or fully implement required corrective actions to address Level Three quality indicators.
Schools are evaluated for these ratings based on their performance on state \”quality indicators.\” Schools earn ratings from Level 1 to Level 3 (Level 1 is the highest) on these quality indicators.
Elementary and middle schools have six quality indicators: overall proficiency and growth in English reading/writing; math; science; achievement gaps in English among student groups; achievement gaps in math among student groups; and dealing with absenteeism.
High schools have eight quality indicators: overall proficiency and growth in English reading/writing; math; science; achievement gaps in English among student groups; achievement gaps in math among student groups; dealing with absenteeism; graduation rates; and dropout rates.
When schools are accredited with a waiver, it gives them some credit for recent past success. For example, if a school is rated as \”Accredited\” for three straight years (all its quality indicators are levels 1 or 2), but then has a year where one or more indicators falls to a Level 3, it may be rated as Accredited for several years, using a waiver.
Find out more at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/boe/accreditation/school-accred.pdf.