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Seventeen city schools Fully Accredited, including Fairfield Court Elementary and Franklin Military

Last year, Fairfield Court Elementary was the only Fully Accredited neighborhood school (among only 11 city-wide). The total climbs to 17 this year, and Fairfield Court ES is joined by Franklin Military Academy.


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Richmond is home to 11 of the 36 schools state-wide named as Priority schools, comprising the lowest-performing five percent of Title I schools, including Martin Luther King Jr. Middle and Woodville Elementary. These schools must engage a state-approved turnaround partner to help design and implement school-reform models that meet state and federal requirements.

Richmond is home to 7 of the 73 schools state-wide named as Focus schools, comprising 10 percent of Title I schools selected on the basis of achievement gaps, including Armstrong High, Bellevue Elementary, Chimborazo Elementary, and George Mason Elementary. These schools must employ state-approved, school-improvement coaches and can retain their designation for a minimum of two years — unless they are subsequently identified as Priority schools or no longer receive federal Title I funding.

Elementary and middle schools are Fully Accredited if students achieve all of the following pass rates:

  • English – 75 percent or higher
  • Mathematics – 70 percent or higher
  • Science – 70 percent or higher
  • History – 70 percent or higher

High schools are Fully Accredited if:

  • Students achieve pass rates of 75 percent or higher in English and 70 percent or higher in mathematics, science and history; and
  • Attain a point value of 85 or greater based on the Graduation and Completion Index (GCI).

In addition to Fully Accredited and Accreditation Denied, there are a number of new status options this year, including:

  • Partially Accredited: Approaching Benchmark-Pass Rate, Approaching Benchmark-Graduation and Completion Index (essentially very close to passing)
  • Partially Accredited: Improving School-Pass Rate, Improving School-Graduation and Completion Index (essentially made enough of an improvement from last year)
  • Partially Accredited: Warned School-Pass Rate, Warned School-Graduation and Completion Index (essentially did not make the score, was not close, did not improve, but hasn’t been bad long enough to lose accreditation)
  • Partially Accredited-Reconstituted School (did not meet the requirements for full accreditation for four consecutive years and has been reconstituted, and has not made it to one of the other categories yet)


John M 10/31/2015 at 9:41 AM Reply

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