This year’s schools accreditation have been released. Here’s how your school did

The Virginia Department of Education released the state school accreditation summary Thursday.

This marks the first year the new school accreditation standards set by the Virginia Board of Education will be used.

In 2017 the Virginia Board of Education implemented new school accreditation standards to provide a more comprehensive view of school quality while encouraging continuous improvement for all schools and placing increased emphasis on closing achievement gaps.

The VDOE reported that out of 1,821 schools in Virginia, 92 percent (1,683) were fully accredited for the 2018-2019 school year.

Seven percent (130) of schools were accredited with conditions, one was withheld accreditation, seven were new schools and none were denied accreditation.

What does it mean to be accredited?

For a school to be accredited they have to have all school quality indicators at either Level One or Level Two. In addition, high-performing schools with waivers from annual accreditation authorized by the General Assembly are rated as “Accredited.”

Schools meeting the previous standard for full state accreditation are also rated as Accredited for 2018-2019.

Schools with one more more school quality indicators at Level Three are considered accredited with conditions and schools that have failed to adopt or fully implement required corrective actions to address Level Three school-quality indicators are denied.

The performance levels are:

  • LEVEL ONE: Meets or exceeds standard or sufficient improvement
  • LEVEL TWO: Near standard or making sufficient improvement
  • LEVEL THREE: Below standard

To learn more about the new school quality indicators, click here.

How did we do?

Virginia Beach

All schools were fully accredited.

Norfolk 

Out of 43 schools: 27 were fully accredited, leaving 16 accredited with conditions.

Hampton 

All schools were fully accredited with the exception of two schools which were accredited with conditions.

Newport News 

Out of 38 schools: 26 were fully accredited, leaving 12 accredited with conditions.

To see a full breakdown of the 2018-2019 school accreditation report, click here.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.