Status

Priority

Schools

Focus

Schools

Met All Requirements(Does Not Include Priority or Focus Schools)

Did Not Meet All Requirements

New

Schools

Total

Improvement Plan Required

Improvement Plan Not Required

Number of Schools

37

73

715

459

534

10

1,828

Forty-one percent, or 743 of the commonwealth’s 1,828 schools — including one of the 37 Priority schools and 27 of the 73 Focus schools — met all of the objectives. Since Priority and Focus schools comprise set percentages of Title I schools, it is possible for a school to meet all AMOs and receive one of these designations. Twenty-five percent, or 459 schools, must implement improvement plans to raise the achievement of student subgroups that fell short of one or more benchmark pass rates. No plans are required for 534 higher-performing schools that met all of the annual benchmark pass rates but experienced slight declines in the performance of one or more subgroups.

The AMOs represent the percentage of students within each demographic subgroup that must pass SOL tests in reading and mathematics in order to make what the state board and USED define as acceptable progress toward reducing — and ultimately closing achievement — gaps. High schools must also meet benchmarks for raising graduation rates.

“In setting the objectives, the Board of Education started with actual achievement on the new SOLs in our lowest-performing schools and then created goals that require the students who are farthest behind to make the largest annual gains,” Board of Education President David M. Foster said. “The AMOs are challenging but achievable goals that, if met, will considerably reduce achievement gaps, while holding schools accountable for continuous improvement for all students.”

Ten schools designated as Priority schools during 2012-2013 exited this status for the just-commenced 2013-2014 school year as they are no longer among the lowest-performing five percent of Title I and Title I-eligible schools. These schools are as follows:

PRIMARY SCHOOLS

· Alexandria — T.C. Williams High

· Brunswick County — James S. Russell Middle

· Colonial Beach — Colonial Beach High

· Grayson County — Fries School

· King and Queen County — Central High

· Norfolk — William H. Ruffner Middle

· Petersburg — Peabody Middle and Vernon Johns Junior High

· Prince Edward County — Prince Edward County High

· Roanoke — Westside Elementary


“All of these schools have made gains in collaboration with lead turnaround partners that were assigned as a result of corrective action plans approved by the state Board of Education or as a condition for receiving federal school-improvement grants administered by VDOE,” Wright said. “However, students in several former Priority schools continue to perform well below state accreditation standards. And two former Priority schools, Peabody Middle and Ruffner Middle, and two current Priority schools, Jefferson-Houston Elementary and Lafayette-Winona Middle, are on the list of schools that could come under the authority of the Opportunity Educational Institution.”

The 37 schools identified as Priority schools for 2013-2014 are:

PRIORITY SCHOOLS

· Alexandria — Jefferson-Houston Elementary

· Buckingham County — Buckingham County Elementary and Buckingham County Primary

· Franklin — Joseph P. King Jr. Middle and S.P. Morton Elementary

· Hampton — Jane H. Bryan Elementary

· Henrico County — L. Douglas Wilder Middle

· Hopewell — Hopewell High

· Martinsville — Albert Harris Elementary

· Newport News — Newsome Park Elementary, Sedgefield Elementary and Willis A. Jenkins Elementary