Petersburg schools progress report

PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - Progress is being made - that's the message from Petersburg Public Schools.

On Wednesday, the superintendent of schools appeared before the state board of education's accountability commission to deliver an end of year summary about the school district's partnership with Cambridge Education.

Cambridge Education is a company selected by the school district as part of a state mandate to help boost student achievement at Peabody Middle School and Vernon Johns Junior High School.

Petersburg superintendent of schools, Dr. Alvera Parrish, told the commission that work done with Cambridge over the last school year has been challenging and rewarding.

Parrish says there has been a culture of change within the school system. She told the commission that positive relationships are being developed and that students are benefiting.

One year into the three year program Parrish says she'd like to see Cambridge Education more involved in the school system.

"We need more individuals -- more boots on the ground to actually be in the schools from Cambridge to do that day to day work with our teachers and to provide feedback along the way."

240 Petersburg students are being taught by Cambridge Education.

Representatives with the accountability committee applauded the school district for embracing Cambridge Education. One member said the district is on the right track.

It's also important to note that preliminary SOL numbers were released during the meeting.

It shows improvements in some areas and dips in other areas for Petersburg public school students.

Right now, 4 of the 7 public schools in Petersburg are fully accredited -- which is an improvement when compared to years past.

Petersburg public schools and it's partner, Cambridge Education, says they're working to get the community more involved in the school system -- which is expected to help increase student academic performance.

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