10:46 AM EDT, June 19, 2012
Ten schools with high marks here in western Virginia are getting a break on annual accreditation. State education officials are offering three-year waivers to more than 100 schools across the state.
They qualified by achieving pass rates of 95 percent or higher on the Standards of Learning for two consecutive years. The list includes six schools in Roanoke County, two in Franklin County and one each in Washington and Wise Counties.
Following is the text of the Virginia Department of Education news release:
State Superintendent Offers SOL Flexibility to 101 Schools
Schools Eligible for Full Accreditation for Three Years
Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright is offering three-year waivers from annual accreditation to 101 high-performing schools in 21 divisions. The schools qualified for the flexibility by achieving pass rates of 95 percent or higher in all four tested Standards of Learning (SOL) content areas for two consecutive years. Division superintendents have until July 1, 2012, to apply for the flexibility. Each school awarded a waiver will remain fully accredited through 2014-2015.
“I congratulate the principals, teachers and students of these schools for performance and achievement that consistently exceeds the commonwealth’s accreditation standards,” Wright said. “These schools have earned an opportunity to set aside concerns about annual accreditation for three years and lead the way in developing innovative instructional strategies and lesson plans that immerse students in the content of Virginia’s rigorous new standards in mathematics, English, science and history and prepare them for success on the corresponding assessments.”
The 101 schools qualify for waivers having achieved pass rates in English, mathematics, history/social science and science of 95 percent or greater during 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 (results for state tests administered during 2011-2012 won’t be available until later this summer). Seventy-two of the schools are eligible for first-time waivers.
Twenty-nine of the eligible schools were also granted waivers last year. These schools are:
Twenty-five schools granted waivers last year but not eligible this year will remain fully accredited through 2013-2014.
The Board of Education in 2006 authorized waivers from annual accreditation for high-performing schools. Schools granted waivers continue to administer SOL tests and detailed grade-by-grade and subject-by-subject results are reported to parents and the public.
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