VBCPS - Charting the Course
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Rosemary Gladden
Date: 07/25/17 Phone: 757.263.1229
News Release No. 006 Fax: 757.263.1010
Email: rosemary.gladden@vbschools.com

100 percent of Virginia Beach schools projected to earn full SOL accreditation

Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) is projecting 100 percent of its 82 testing schools will earn full Standards of Learning (SOL) accreditation for the 2017-2018 school year. VBCPS is making this preliminary projection based on SOL passing rates which the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is scheduled to release Aug. 15.

"These SOL results affirm what we, in our school division, have been emphasizing these past three years: the simple fact that every student—regardless of economic status, background or school—can achieve academic success," said VBCPS Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence. "Our administrators, teachers and support staff are creating stimulating environments for every student, every day in our schools. We firmly believe learning should be joy-filled and exciting, and that has been a key to these successes."

These successes include results from all five of the division's schools that did not earn full accreditation last year. Each school is projected to meet or surpass the state's benchmarks this year, even earning double-digit gains in some areas. Specific details about their gains include the following:

  • Bayside Sixth-Grade Campus is projected to earn full accreditation after being warned in English last year. The school is projected to make a six-percentage-point gain in both English and mathematics.
  • Bayside Middle School is projected to earn full accreditation for the first time in six years. The school's passing rate in English is projected to show a two-percentage-point increase from last year.
  • Birdneck Elementary School, which is projected to earn full accreditation for the first time in three years, is projected to make a 23-percentage-point gain in history, the area in which they were warned last year. Birdneck Elementary is also projected to show an eight-percentage-point gain in science.
  • Larkspur Middle School, which is projected to earn full accreditation this year after being warned in English last year, is projected to make the necessary gains to exceed the benchmark. The passing rate in English is projected to show a four-percentage-point increase from last year.
  • Seatack Elementary, an Achievable Dream Academy, is projected to earn full accreditation for the first time in three years and expected to make an eight-percentage-point gain in science, the area in which they were identified as approaching last year. Seatack Elementary is also projected to show a 10-percentage-point gain in history.

Although Lynnhaven Elementary missed the science benchmark by just three tests, the school will be fully accredited for 2017-2018. This is based on 2016 legislation which says that accreditation is reviewed only once every three years for schools that have been fully accredited for the three previous consecutive years. Lynnhaven Elementary's 14-year history of full accreditation far exceeds that standard.

These SOL projections are continuing academic good news for VBCPS. Last school year, the division reported its highest average SAT score ever attained by a graduating class, record On-Time Graduation and dropout rates and an increase in the number of schools achieving full state accreditation.

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