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October 1, 2018

All Fauquier public schools earn full state accreditation

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Statewide, 92 percent of schools earned full accreditation.
The state is now recognizing and emphasizing what we’ve known for a long time . . . that there are many indicators of student success that should factor into school accreditation
— Fauquier Superintendent David Jeck
All 19 Fauquier public schools earned full state accreditation for 2018-19, according to a report released Thursday.

The Virginia Department of Education bases accreditation on academic performance, achievement gaps and student engagement and outcomes. 

“Of course I am happy that all of our schools are fully accredited, and credit should go to those who deserve it most: the teachers and students,” Fauquier Superintendent David Jeck said.

“The state is now recognizing and emphasizing what we’ve known for a long time . . . that there are many indicators of student success that should factor into school accreditation,” Dr. Jeck said. “This is the way it ought to be. For far too long overall results on standardized, multiple choice tests have been the sole measure of how our schools are performing. I am very glad to see that other indicators are now being recognized.”

Across Virginia, 1,683 schools — or 92 percent — earned full accreditation.

The state education department previously based accreditation primarily on Standards of Learning test results. The state has expanded its evaluations to include:


Elementary and middle schools

• Overall proficiency and growth in English reading/writing and math, including progress of English learners toward English-language proficiency.

• Overall proficiency in science.

• English and math achievement gaps among student groups.

• Absenteeism.


High schools

• Overall proficiency in English reading/writing, math and science, and progress of English learners toward English-language proficiency.

• English and math achievement gaps among student groups.

• Graduation and Completion Index.

• Dropout rate.

• Absenteeism.

“As the state transitions to a more comprehensive view of school quality, we are equally excited about the opportunities to engage students differently, to see the concept of mastery through a more authentic and relevant learning experience that is meaningful to kids and focused on skill development,” county Associate Superintendent for Instruction Major Warner aid.

In 2021-22, the college, career and civic readiness indicator will be added to the high school evaluation. That will consider students’ successful completion of advanced coursework, career/technical classes and credentials, along with work and service-based learning such as internships.
 
Last year,18 of 19 county public schools earned full state accreditation with H.M. Pearson Elementary receiving a “partial accreditation.” 

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