All Frederick County Public Schools Accredited for 2019-20

All Frederick County Public Schools Accredited for 2019-20
Posted on 09/30/2019
Virginia Department of EducationFor Immediate Release
September 30, 2019
Contact: Steve Edwards, Coordinator of Policy and Communications
540-662-3888 ext. 88235

The Virginia Department of Education has announced that each of Frederick County’s public schools has achieved the highest level of accreditation for 2019-20. All 18 schools have been designated as Accredited based on the Virginia Board of Education’s school accountability system. The system provides a comprehensive view of school quality while encouraging continuous improvement for all schools and placing an increased emphasis on closing achievement gaps among students. Last year, 17 of Frederick County’s schools were designated as Accredited and one was designated Accredited with Conditions.

Schools Superintendent David Sovine says, “After many years of hard work on the part of teachers, administrators and support staff, it’s extremely gratifying to have all of our schools accredited at the highest level. We firmly believe that if we are relentlessly focused on providing high-quality, research-based instruction that engages students in their own learning and we focus on meeting individual student needs, students will be successful. Although accreditation ratings are just one measure of school quality, we are very pleased to have all schools attain the highest level of accreditation this year.”

Virginia’s accreditation standards measure performance on multiple school-quality indicators, not just overall student achievement on Standards of Learning tests. All schools are evaluated on the following school-quality indicators:
  • Overall proficiency and growth in English reading/writing achievement (including progress of English learners toward English-language proficiency)
  • Overall proficiency and growth in mathematics
  • Overall proficiency in science
  • English achievement gaps among student groups
  • Mathematics achievement gaps among student groups
  • Absenteeism
In addition to the school-quality indicators noted above, high schools are evaluated on the following school-quality indicators:
  • Graduation and completion
  • Dropout rate
  • College, career and civic readiness (effective 2021-2022)
Performance on each school-quality indicator is rated at one of three levels:
  • Level One: Meets or exceeds standard or sufficient improvement
  • Level Two: Near standard or making sufficient improvement
  • Level Three: Below standard
In order for a school to be Accredited, all of the school quality indicators must be at either Level One or Level Two. Schools with one or more school-quality indicators at Level Three are Accredited with Conditions. Schools that fail to adopt or fully implement required corrective actions to address Level Three school-quality indicators are denied accreditation. A school that is denied accreditation may regain it by demonstrating to the Virginia Board of Education that it is fully implementing all required corrective action plans.

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Jim Angelo says, “There are many people who have played a role in helping all of our schools attain Accredited status. Although we have reached the highest accreditation level, we are committed to continuing our research, data analysis and professional learning so that we can continue to progress and fulfil our vison of being an innovative community where caring relationships and authentic learning inspire all students. All of our schools are to be commended for this achievement. I’m particularly proud of the team at Redbud Run Elementary who has worked hard to move from being Accredited with Conditions last year to Accredited this year.”

Information on Accountability and Virginia’s Public Schools

School Quality Reports