Area schools granted revised status that avoids denial of state accreditation

Education-News1From the Virginia Department of Education: The Virginia Board of Education today granted “Partially Accredited: Reconstituted School” status to 31 schools that otherwise would have been denied state accreditation because of persistently low student achievement. The board’s accreditation regulations define reconstitution as a process to improve instruction and raise student achievement by restructuring a school’s governance, faculty, instructional program and/or student population. Under the regulations, a Partially Accredited: Reconstituted School rating may be granted for up to three years if a school is making progress toward full accreditation. A reconstituted school reverts to Accreditation Denied status if it fails to earn full accreditation within three years, or if its annual application for partial accreditation is not renewed.

Schools awarded Partially Accredited: Reconstituted School ratings statewide include:

  • Bedford County — Staunton River Middle
  • Buena Vista — Enderly Heights Elementary, Parry McCluer Middle and F.W. Kling, Jr. Elementary
  • Campbell County — Rustburg Middle
  • Lynchburg — Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle and Heritage Elementary

“All of these schools are on a trajectory toward achieving full accreditation within three years,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples said. “And they have made significant internal changes that represent a clear commitment to improved performance and substantive reform of practice.”

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