Chesterfield schools achieve 100 percent accreditation

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For the second straight year, all Chesterfield County schools have met required state benchmarks and are fully accredited for the 2019-20 school year by the Virginia Department of Education. The current school ratings are based on state-mandated assessments given during the 2018-19 school year. 

“While the School Board and school division remain focused on measurements that better reflect student achievement growth during the course of a school year, we understand that the success of our schools is often judged by accreditation ratings,” School Board Chair Rob Thompson said. “We celebrate the accomplishments of our teachers, staff and nearly 62,000 students. While achieving 100 percent accreditation is an annual goal, it certainly is no easy task.

These 61 schools are fully accredited for the 2019-20 school year:

  • Elementary schools –Bellwood, Bensley, Beulah, Bon Air, Chalkley, Marguerite Christian, Clover Hill, Crenshaw, Crestwood, Curtis, Davis, Ecoff, Enon, Ettrick, Evergreen, Falling Creek, Gates, Gordon, Grange Hall, Greenfield, Harrowgate, Hening, Hopkins, Jacobs Road, Matoaca, Providence, Reams, Robious, Salem Church, Elizabeth Scott, Alberta Smith, Spring Run, Swift Creek, Watkins, Bettie Weaver, Wells, Winterpock and Woolridge
  • Middle schools – Bailey Bridge, Carver, Elizabeth Davis, Falling Creek, Manchester, Matoaca, Midlothian, Providence, Robious, Salem Church, Swift Creek and Tomahawk Creek
  • High schools – Bird, Carver College and Career Academy, Clover Hill, Cosby, Thomas Dale, James River, Manchester, Matoaca, Meadowbrook, Midlothian and Monacan

As a brand new school, Old Hundred Elementary opens with a conditionally accredited-new school label.

“Nearly 45,000 households entrust their most precious possessions – more than 61,000 children – to us daily,” Superintendent Dr. Merv Daugherty said. “The reputation of our schools often inspires families to make their homes in Chesterfield County. That academic reputation for innovation and high-quality instruction is built largely on the outstanding work that occurs daily in our classrooms, schools and school division offices. We are working daily to provide amazing learning experiences in remarkable learning environments, and I salute all of the educators on Team Chesterfield.”

Data released earlier this month by Virginia Department of Education showed Chesterfield County Public Schools largely in alignment with test score movement across the state, based on state-mandated tests administered during the 2018-19 school year. Both Chesterfield County and the state as a whole saw growth in math tests.

The math pass rate for all Chesterfield County students was 82 percent, a 2-percentage point increase from the 2017-18 school year. Specifically, math performance by Chesterfield County’s English learners increased by 6 percentage points, while students with special needs and African-American students each saw performance increases of 5 percentage points.

Average science pass rates in Chesterfield County remained constant when compared to the 2017-18 school year, with 82 percent of all students passing state tests. Pass rates on writing, reading and history tests dipped in Chesterfield County and across Virginia.

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