Falling Creek Middle receives partial accreditation

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School division reaches 100 percent accreditation mark

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) announced today that Falling Creek Middle gained partial accreditation status, making Chesterfield County Public Schools 100 percent accredited for the 2017-18 school year.

“We saw impressive student achievement gains at Falling Creek Middle last year,” said School Board Member John Erbach, who represents Falling Creek Middle. “We’re grateful the state looked at the improvements made, the additional resources provided by the School Board, and the outstanding work students and staff members have done. Falling Creek Middle’s future is bright, and we expect to see continued growth and improvement at the school.”

Falling Creek Middle pass rates on state assessments showed solid growth: science pass rates increased 15 percentage points from 2015-16 to 2016-17; math pass rates increased 8 percentage points; history pass rates increased 8 percentage points during that time; and English pass rates increased 6 percentage points.

During the 2016-17 school year, Chesterfield County Public Schools allocated strategically targeted resources for Falling Creek Middle that included:

  • A dedicated math and science instructional specialist who supports teacher planning and works with targeted small groups of students with identified instructional needs
  • Additional special education and ESOL positions to increase opportunities for direct support and differentiation in instruction
  • A school-based data analyst to review student achievement performance
  • A universal screener so the data analyst and leadership team can better measure students’ current skill levels to better target instruction
  • A full-time substitute to provide consistent academic support when a teacher is out of the building

In addition, Falling Creek Middle continued to utilize a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant to provide academic, enrichment and recreational activities after school and during the summer for approximately 90-100 students.

“The hard work and effort put forth by the outstanding Falling Creek Middle team was validated by strong gains made with our students, and we are excited that the solid progress demonstrated has been recognized by the state,” Superintendent Dr. James Lane said. “I’m proud of the work done by our students, and appreciate the continued support the School Board has shown in providing Falling Creek Middle with resources needed to help our students experience success.”