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All Halifax County schools fully state accredited

98 percent of Virginia’s schools meet SOL standards

All nine Halifax County public schools meet current state standards for achievement in English, mathematics, history and science and are fully state accredited based on the 2009-2010 assessment results, according to information released this week by the Virginia Department of Education.

 



During its regular monthly meeting this week, the school board recognized each school for its achievement by presenting each building principal with a plaque to be displayed in the school.

 


“I congratulate each of our schools, our principals, teachers, students and parents for this gallant effort,” said Halifax County Superintendent Paul Stapleton. “In Virginia we have very stringent accreditation standards, and this is the third year in a row that all our schools have been fully state accredited.


“I’m very proud of the accomplishments of our individual schools, and I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with such a fine group of professionals as our principals, teachers and support staff,” Stapleton said.


Benchmark passing rates for high school and middle school SOL tests were 70 percent. The percentage of students passing SOLs at Halifax County High School were English-89 percent, mathematics-90 percent, history-87 percent and science-85 percent. The percentage of students passing SOLs at Halifax County Middle School were English-89 percent, mathematics-81 percent, history-90 percent and science-89 percent.


For grades 3-5 English the benchmark passing rate was 75 percent. SOL passing rates at the county elementary schools were Clays Mill-88 percent, Cluster Springs-93 percent, Meadville-95-percent, Scottsburg-90 percent, Sinai-90 percent, South Boston-86 percent and Sydnor Jennings-88 percent.


For grades 3-5 mathematics the benchmark passing rate was 70 percent. SOL passing rates at the county elementary schools were Clays Mill-89 percent, Cluster Springs-96 percent, Meadville-98 percent, Scottsburg-92 percent, Sinai-94 percent, South Boston-93 percent and Sydnor Jennings-96 percent.


For grade 3 history the benchmark passing rate was 50 percent. SOL passing rates at county elementary schools were Clays Mill-94 percent, Cluster Springs-100 percent, Meadville-100 percent, Scottsburg-95 percent, Sinai-97 percent, South Boston-88 percent and Sydnor Jennings-93 percent.


For grade 5 history the benchmark passing rate was 70 percent. SOL passing rates at county elementary schools were Clays Mill-97 percent, Cluster Springs-100 percent, Meadville-89 percent, Scottsburg-95 percent, Sinai-90 percent, South Boston-96 percent and Sydnor Jennings-91 percent.


For grade 3 science the benchmark passing rate was 50 percent. SOL passing rates at county elementary schools were Clays Mill-85 percent, Cluster Springs-99 percent, Meadville-98 percent, Scottsburg-95 percent, Sinai-95 percent, South Boston-87 percent and Sydnor Jennings-91 percent.


For grade 5 science the benchmark passing rate was 70 percent. SOL passing rates at county elementary schools were Clays Mill-87 percent, Cluster Springs-91 percent, Meadville-86 percent, Scottsburg-91 percent, Sinai-81 percent, South Boston-82 percent and Sydnor Jennings-89 percent.


Of Virginia’s 1,850 public schools, 1,815, or 98 percent, are fully accredited, 15 are accredited with warning, 17 new schools are conditionally accredited, and four have been denied accreditation, state education officials said.


“Because of the extraordinary and sustained efforts of thousands of Virginia teachers, principals and other educators, almost all of our schools have achieved a goal that many thought was unrealistic when Standards of Learning (SOL) testing began in 1998,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright.


“I encourage all of our teachers, administrators and other educators to keep this success in mind this year as they provide the instruction and guidance students will need to meet even more rigorous expectations for achievement in English, mathematics and history as well as new accreditation provisions related to graduation,” Wright added.


Beginning with accreditation ratings announced in September 2011, high schools will have to meet an annual objective for raising graduation rates to earn full accreditation, state officials said.


In September 2012, a pass rate of at least 75 percent in English reading will be required for all grade spans. In addition, the required pass rates for elementary schools in science and history/social science will each rise to 70 percent, the same benchmark middle schools and high schools must meet, officials said.


The higher pass rates had been scheduled to take effect in 2011 but were delayed one year by the Virginia General Assembly, they added.


In addition, students will take more rigorous SOL mathematics tests beginning in 2011-2012 and more rigorous tests in English reading the following year, state education officials said.


“Taken together, these steps will represent a substantial increase in the rigor of Virginia’s accountability program,” said Eleanor B. Saslaw, Virginia Board of Education president.


“The accreditation ratings we will announce a year from now will mark a new beginning as schools advance toward goals aligned with the latest national expectations for college and career readiness,” Saslaw said.