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Two Loudoun Schools Miss Full Accreditation Mark, Others Make Improvements

© Leesburg Today - 10/28/2015

All of the county's public schools are accredited for the 2015-2016 school year, but two carry warnings until they improve test scores, according to ratings released Tuesday.

More Loudoun County public schools received the sought-after ""fully accredited"" stamp from the Virginia Department of Education this year.

All of the county's public schools are accredited for the 2015-2016 school year, but two carry warnings until they improve test scores, according to ratings released Tuesday.

Sugarland Elementary School in Sterling is partially accredited in English after 74 percent of students passed that portion of the Standards of Learning exam, just one point below the benchmark to be fully accredited.

Loudoun school system's instructional staff will provide support to Sugarland Elementary, including reviewing lesson plans, observing classrooms and student work, and coaching for the school's teachers and principal.

Middleburg Community Charter School also fell short of the full accreditation mark because of students' performance in science. Fifty-six percent of students tested passed, 14 points below the state-mandated benchmark.

Leadership at the school, now in its second year, is working with the school system's School Improvement Office to create a plan to make gains in all subject areas. VDOE personnel also are working with the school to improve performance.

Overall, VDOE's report was good news for most of Loudoun's 88 public schools. Four of the schools that were designated ""accredited with warning"" last year-Sterling Elementary School, Sterling Middle School, Park View High School and Tuscarora High School-are now fully accredited. Each of those schools boosted test scores to meet benchmarks of 75 percent proficiency in English and 70 percent proficiency in math.

Superintendent Eric Williams said in a prepared statement that he was pleased with the gains.

""The success of our schools that were previously identified as Accredited with Warning shows the importance of high expectations for all students. I commend staff, students and parents for working to improve the growth of student achievement,"" he stated.

The superintendent also stressed the importance of not overemphasizing scores on state exams.

""We want our students to perform well on state exams, but we also want them to demonstrate a mastery of content and competencies that will serve them well in life after high school,"" he stated.

See state and federal accountability ratings for all Virginia schools here.

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