For Immediate Release
September 23, 2016
Contact: Steve Edwards, Coordinator of Policy and Communications
540-662-3888 ext. 88235
The Virginia Board of Education has determined the 2016-17 accreditation status for Frederick County Middle School to be Partially Accredited: Reconstituted School. The accreditation status was assigned after the Board of Education determined that the school is making acceptable progress toward being fully accredited.
Under Virginia's school accountability regulations, a school that has not earned full accreditation for three consecutive years and fails to meet state accreditation standards for a fourth consecutive year can apply for a rating of Partially Accredited: Reconstituted School provided the local school board agrees to reconstitute the school's leadership, staff, governance or student population. Frederick County Middle School was reconstituted for the 2015-16 school year and can retain the status of Partially Accredited: Reconstituted School for up to three years if it is making acceptable progress toward being fully accredited.
School Superintendent David Sovine says, “Frederick County Middle School has been making steady progress toward being fully accredited and we appreciate that the Virginia Board of Education has recognized the progress being made and has partially accredited the school again this year. The pass rates on Standards of Learning tests administered at Frederick County Middle School are continuing to improve thanks to the hard work of the school’s students, staff and the administrative team. Last year, the school saw pass rates on English, history and science Standards of Learning tests improve and we anticipate continued improvement in those areas as well as mathematics this year.”
Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Jim Angelo says, “We have made some instructional changes over the past few years that are positively impacting student achievement at all of our schools. Over the past two years, the number of schools that have been fully accredited has risen from nine to 13 while the number of Warned Schools has decreased from nine to one. We are continuing to move forward and know that what we’re doing is making a difference. I have full confidence in the teachers and students at all of our schools and look forward to having all schools fully accredited within the next few years.”