Report: Fewer Virginia schools meet accreditation standards

Published: Sep. 16, 2014 at 10:09 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 26, 2014 at 10:09 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - New details out today show that the number of Virginia schools meeting the latest accreditation standards has dropped for the second year in a row.

Four schools in Central Virginia were denied state accreditation because of "persistently low student achievement." The schools are Peabody Middle and A.P. Hill Elementary in Petersburg;  Wilder Middle in Henrico and Thompson Middle in Richmond.

Schools denied accreditation are now subject to correction by the state board of education.

NBC12 Education Specialist Bill Bosher said, "The truth is it only means that you're embarrassed. It doesn't mean that you don't get any more money. It doesn't mean that young people don't get into college. It doesn't mean that your community loses programs."
Fourteen public schools were on academic warning for three straight years and missed the mark again this year: Armstrong High, George Wythe High and Boushall Middle in Richmond; Vernon Johns Jr. High in Petersburg and Dinwiddie Middle in Dinwiddie.
Two Richmond high schools, Huguenot High and John Marshall High are Provisionally Accredited. These schools came within two points of the full accreditation.
In Chesterfield County, 46 of 61 schools earned Full Accreditation. The remaining 15 were accredited with a warning.
In Henrico, 28 schools were Accredited with Warning.

"What parents need to be is vigilant to make sure they're engaged with schools that they understand the report card and most of all that they understand what the school is doing to improve their performance," Bosher said.

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