State accreditation ratings show slip in math scores for one Fauquier school
Margaret M. Pierce Elementary School slipped in school accreditation rankings, according to results released by the Virginia Department of Education today.
Virginia schools strive to reach "full accreditation," meaning students achieve an adjusted pass rate of 75 percent in English, 70 percent in mathematics, science and history/social science on their Standards of Learning exams.
Pierce Elementary was "accredited with warning," based on performance in the most recent standards of learning tests. The school reported a 61 percent pass rate in math Standards of Learning exams for the 2012-2013 school year. In all other areas of measurement, Pierce Elementary students reached the threshold for accreditation.
What this means is that Pierce Elementary must undergo academic reviews and must adopt and carry out improvement plans to boost its math scores, according to the Virginia Department of Education website.
A school can be "accredited with warning" for up to three years. If the school does not raise its Standards of Learning pass rates to the minimum threshold three years in a row, it will be denied accreditation, leading to more severe corrective steps.
All other Fauquier County schools received full accreditation this year. Last year, all Fauquier schools, including Pierce Elementary, earned full accreditation.
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