VBCPS - Charting the Course
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Rosemary Gladden
Date: 08/02/18 Phone: 757.263.1229
News Release No. 005 Fax: 757.263.1010
Email: rosemary.gladden@vbschools.com

State data confirms VBCPS will be fully accredited for second straight year

All schools in Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) will be fully accredited for a second consecutive year, according to preliminary data released Wednesday to school divisions by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). Last week, VBCPS projected it would again earn full accreditation based off of internal reports and testing data. The state's data confirmed this projection.

"Again, we are thrilled with this outstanding news and so very proud of this division," said VBCPS Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence. "And, even though we have met this mark in back-to-back years, it should not overshadow the time, effort and work that goes in to being fully accredited. I want to thank our incredible administrative teams, teachers, staff members and students who have worked diligently to earn this achievement. This is a wonderful, deserved accomplishment and I hope our community joins me in celebrating our schools' work."

Starting with this 2018-2019 school year, Virginia is using a new system for calculating school accreditation. No longer will school accreditation be primarily based on Standards of Learning (SOL) results. Now, calculations will also take into account a series of School Quality Indicators, some of which include year-to-year growth on specific SOLs; achievement gaps between all students in a school and various demographic groups as well as absenteeism. High school calculations will also continue to include the Graduation and Completion Index and new factors such as a school's dropout rate. College and career readiness will also be factored at the high school level starting in the 2021-2022 school year.

Under this new system, successes are based on combined rates, which refer to students at a school who passed the SOL test or who demonstrated growth compared to the previous year. Specifically, for Virginia Beach schools, some of those successes include the following:

  • 41 schools show combined rates for English at 90 percent or higher.
  • In math, 32 schools show combined rates at 90 percent or higher.
  • Tallwood Elementary School showed combined rates of 95 percent in English and 96 percent in math for all students, both increases from last year. Specifically, in math, all reporting groups saw gains ranging from 5 to 24 percentage points.
  • A 2018 Governor's Award for Educational Excellence winner, Great Neck Middle School continued its strong performance on the SOL tests. The school's combined rates in both English and math reached 95 and 96 percent, respectively.
  • Green Run High School's 7-percentage-point gain in the English combined rate placed the school at the 90 percent mark. All various demographic groups also showed gains in English ranging from 4 to 20 percentage points.

Learn more about Virginia's revised Standards of Accreditation (SOA), by visiting the VDOE's website.

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