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September 13, 2017

18 of 19 Fauquier public schools fully accredited

I am certainly happy and proud of our students and teachers, but we’ve got to remember that SOL tests are one measure of learning among many measures.
— Superintendant David Jeck
Based on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests results, 18 of Fauquier’s 19 public schools have earned full state accreditation this year, according to a state report released Wednesday.

H.M. Pearson Elementary near Calverton fell one percentage point short in English and received a “partial accreditation” according to the state report.

The Virginia Department of Education classifies the school as “approaching the benchmark-pass rate” status.

Pearson had an English pass rate of 74 percent.

Last year, three Fauquier County schools failed to reach full accreditation.

Statewide, 14 schools — or less than one percent — received “approaching the benchmark-pass rate” status.

The state defines “passing” standards of learning tests as 75 percent or higher in English and 70 percent or higher in science, history/social sciences, and mathematics. High schools must also meet a benchmark for graduation and completion.

“I am certainly happy and proud of our students and teachers, but we’ve got to remember that SOL tests are one measure of learning among many measures,” Superintendent David Jeck said.

“Students can demonstrate learning in a variety of ways. This is where our focus needs to shift. As the state becomes more and more flexible, and fewer and fewer tests are required, we will be able to provide more and more learning opportunities for kids that appeal to how students learn best,” Dr. Jeck added.

“Our teachers do a tremendous job of teaching the content needed for students to be successful on state tests, but fill-in-the-blank tests cannot define our beliefs about what students learn or should learn,” Associate Superintendent for Instruction Major Warner said.

“Everything good in our system starts with making connections with students and understanding each kid’s story, and our teachers have been wonderful at developing student skills, confidence and self-esteem,” Mr. Warner added.

Across Virginia, 1,573 schools — or 86 percent — earned full accreditation.

“This is a significant accomplishment for Virginia’s public schools, and one that is the result of tremendous diligence and hard work of our students, teachers, principals and division leaders over many years,” Governor Terry McAuliffe said in a press release Wednesday.

The state combines results of tests in each subject area to produce overall passing percentages in English, mathematics, history/social science and science.

Last year, H.M. Pearson Elementary near Calverton, M.M. Pierce Elementary in Remington and Mary Walter Elementary near Bealeton fell short of full accreditation.

Southeastern Alternative School does not receive its own accreditation rating as its students’ SOL scores are included in their base middle or high school.

The county’s fully accredited schools for 2017-18:

• Auburn Middle.

• C. Hunter Ritchie Elementary.

• Cedar Lee Middle.

• Claude Thompson Elementary.

• C.M. Bradley Elementary.

• Fauquier High.

• Grace Miller Elementary.

• Greenville Elementary.

• James G. Brumfield Elementary.

• Kettle Run High.

• Liberty High.

• Marshall Middle.

• Mary Walter Elementary.

• M.M. Pierce Elementary.

• P.B. Smith Elementary.

• Warrenton Middle.

• W.C. Taylor Middle.

• W.G. Coleman Elementary.
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