SOL pass rates expected to result in full accreditation for Chesterfield schools

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All Chesterfield County schools are expected to be accredited without any conditions during the 2019-20 school year, school division officials announced Monday night. The projection is based on student pass rates released Tuesday by the Virginia Department of Education. Official school accreditation status will be announced by the state in September.

The 2019-20 school year will be the second straight year that Chesterfield County Public Schools has had each of its schools accredited without any conditions or warnings.

“This is a tremendous accomplishment, given the many challenges our students and educators face daily,” Superintendent Dr. Merv Daugherty said. “Each day our teachers, support staff and administrators are expected to guide student growth, tend to social-emotional learning needs and monitor student behaviors and needs. Our educators continue to shine and be game changers in the lives of the students and families they serve.”

Data released by the Virginia Department of Education on Tuesday 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.

“We’re excited to see the growth among students for whom English is not the primary language at home,” School Board Chair Rob Thompson said. “The School Board has worked diligently to provide equitable resources for all learners, as seen by additional funding allocated by the Board to reduce class sizes for English language learners.”

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.


Through site-based School Improvement and Innovation Plans, Team Chesterfield staff members will continue to address gaps in student performance while working daily to create amazing learning experiences in remarkable learning environments.

“Through our new strategic plan, we are continuing to focus on student engagement by demonstrating the relevance between classroom learning and real-life application,” Dr. Daugherty said. “Using a blended learning approach that infuses fun technology tools and project-based learning initiatives that help students see how they can solve real-world issues, we will continue to help students learn to think critically and solve problems as they master the curriculum we are required to teach.”

Added Thompson: “It continues to be important that we don’t judge student achievement based on a single test score. A child’s success is better measured by how much they grow academically during the course of a single school year. A happy, well-cared for child who loves coming to school is more likely to perform better. That’s the environment and mindset we want to create.”

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