GCPS Schools Fully Accredited Again

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P R E S S   R E L E A S E

Date: September 11, 2015 — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Dr. Peter Gretz, Assistant Superintendent of Business Operations pgretz@glnd.k12.va.us  |  (804) 314-1017  |  @glndschools www.glnd.k12.va.us

 

Headline:       All Goochland County Public Schools Fully Accredited Again

 

All Goochland County Public Schools have once again earned full state accreditation, as announced Oct. 28 by Dr. Stephen Staples, Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction.

“As we’ve said consistently, the measure of the value of a school’s success cannot be limited to a single test score,” said Goochland Superintendent, Dr. James Lane. “We maintain our focus on growth and progress, rather than achievement, but are absolutely proud of our schools’ accomplishments on the SOL tests.”

“Every school that earned full accreditation this year is another school that is better preparing its students for a lifetime of success,” Virginia Secretary of Education Anne Holton said in a statement accompanying the statewide results. For a school to earn full accreditation, students must have pass rates of 75 percent on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests in reading and writing, and a rate of at least 70 percent in mathematics, science and history tests taken toward the end of the 2014-15 school year. High schools must also meet state minimum requirements for graduation rates.

Statewide, 78 percent of Virginia schools, 1,414 out of 1,823, are fully accredited in 2015-16, up from 68 percent of schools a year before and the first percentage increase since 2010, when state officials began introducing higher performance requirements for schools.

Goochland is one of 37 districts to have all of its school achieve full state accreditation.

Stephen Geyer, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, added, “Student learning begins and ends with the classroom teacher – and our schools are filled with professionals who work tirelessly everyday to design and deliver instruction that’s relevant, meaningful, and engaging.  Our continued strong results are a tribute to them.”

For more information about the Goochland County Public Schools please see the most recent annual report, Explorations in Learning, available on the division website at http://www.glnd.k12.va.us/.

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