All Frederick County Public Schools Accredited for 2018-19

All Frederick County Public Schools Accredited for 2018-19
Posted on 09/27/2018
Virginia Department of EducationFor Immediate Release
September 27, 2018
Contact: Steve Edwards, Coordinator of Policy and Communications
540-662-3888 ext. 88235

The Virginia Department of Education has accredited all Frederick County Public Schools for 2018-19. Seventeen schools are Accredited and one school is Accredited with Conditions. This year’s accreditation ratings are based on a school accountability system that’s been revised by the Virginia Board of Education and is taking effect for the first time this year. The new system provides a more comprehensive view of school quality while encouraging continuous improvement for all schools and placing an increased emphasis on closing achievement gaps among students.

Schools Superintendent David Sovine says, “We are extremely pleased to have all of our schools accredited this year and to have 95 percent of them accredited at the highest level. Our success in meeting the state’s rigorous accreditation standards is a reflection of the hard work and focus of our students, teachers, administrators and support staff. Everyone, regardless of the role they play within our school division, contributes to the success of our students and they all share in our success in meeting the revised accreditation standards. While there are still areas in which we can improve, our focus on evidence-based teaching practices, building connections with students and their families, and engaging students in their own learning is resulting in student growth.”

The revised accreditation standards measure performance on multiple school-quality indicators, not just overall student achievement on Standards of Learning tests (SOLs).

All schools are evaluated on the following school-quality indicators:
  • Overall proficiency and growth in English reading/writing achievement (including progress of English learners toward English-language proficiency)
  • Overall proficiency and growth in mathematics
  • Overall proficiency in science
  • English achievement gaps among student groups
  • Mathematics achievement gaps among student groups
  • Absenteeism
In addition to the school-quality indica tors noted above, high schools are evaluated on the following school-quality indicators:
  • Graduation and completion
  • Dropout rate
  • College, career and civic readiness (effective 2021-2022)
Performance on each school-quality indicator is rated at one of three levels.
  • Level One: Meets or exceeds standard or sufficient improvement
  • Level Two: Near standard or making sufficient improvement
  • Level Three: Below standard
In order for a school to be Accredited, all of the school quality indicators must be at either Level One or Level Two. Schools with one or more school-quality indicators at Level Three are Accredited with Conditions. Schools that fail to adopt or fully implement required corrective actions to address Level Three school-quality indicators are denied accreditation. A school that is denied accreditation may regain it by demonstrating to the Virginia Board of Education that it is fully implementing all required corrective action plans.

Apple Pie Ridge Elementary, Armel Elementary, Bass-Hoover Elementary, Evendale Elementary, Gainesboro Elementary,Greenwood Mill Elementary, Indian Hollow Elementary, Middletown Elementary, Orchard View Elementary, Stonewall Elementary, Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle, Frederick County Middle, James Wood Middle, Robert E. Aylor Middle, James Wood High, Millbrook High and Sherando High have all been accredited. Redbud Run Elementary School is accredited with conditions.

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Jim Angelo says, “A great deal of research, data analysis, professional learning, dedication and hard work is behind the progress we are making. While I’m proud of the good work being done at all of our schools, I’m particularly impressed with the progress that’s been made at Gainesboro, Indian Hollow and Middletown elementary schools as well as Frederick County Middle School. Each of those schools was partially accredited last year under the previous accreditation system and is now Accredited. Redbud Run Elementary School is also making progress toward meeting all of the standards needed to attain its Accredited status and I anticipate that progress will continue.”

More Information:
Information on Accountability and Virginia’s Public Schools
School Quality Reports