VBCPS - Charting the Course
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Rosemary Gladden
Date: 08/01/19 Phone: 757.263.1229
News Release No. 004 Fax: 757.263.1010
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Email: rosemary.gladden@vbschools.com

VBCPS projects 100 percent accreditation
for third straight year

For a third consecutive year, 100 percent of Virginia Beach City Public Schools' (VBCPS) 82 testing sites are projected to earn full state accreditation. This estimation is based on preliminary data released by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and reflects the state's revised accreditation system, which is based on Standards of Learning (SOL) test scores and school quality indicators.

"We are thrilled with this achievement," said VBCPS Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence. "It is a testament to our team of educators and support staff who continue to put students first every single day. In our classrooms we focus on building relationships, transformational learning and the social and emotional needs of the individual student. Full accreditation is a welcome consequence of that work."

Now in its second year, Virginia's revised accreditation system also takes into account year-to-year growth on English and math SOLs; achievement levels of students overall as well as by various demographic groups; and absenteeism. High school calculations 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 considered at the high school level starting in the 2021-2022 school year.

Under this more expanded view of school quality, 100 percent of VBCPS schools continue to be accredited and demonstrate successes, including:

  • Thalia Elementary School and Rosemont Forest Elementary School showed increases in all subjects for all students and, along with Corporate Landing Elementary School, showed double-digit increases in all subjects in the students with disabilities reporting group;
  • Kempsville Meadows Elementary School showed double-digit increases in math, science and history for all students at the school;
  • Kempsville Middle School showed increases in SOL pass rates in writing for all their students; and
  • Salem High School showed double-digit increases in reading and writing for their students with disabilities reporting group.

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

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