All Chesterfield schools fully accredited for third straight year

All Chesterfield County schools are fully accredited for the 2010-11 school year, making Chesterfield the largest division in Virginia to have all schools fully accredited three years in a row, according to preliminary data from the Virginia Department of Education.

“This academic achievement is a true credit to the hard work and focused determination of our students, parents and school employees,” Superintendent Marcus J. Newsome says in a press release from Chesterfield County Public Schools. “Virginia’s academic standards are the model for schools across the country and to have all of our schools fully accredited is an accomplishment in which we can all take pride. As we head into the new school year, we will build on our success and redouble our efforts to ensure continued academic success and progress for every student.”

Chesterfield students continue to show strong performance on Standards of Learning tests, the release says. Chesterfield’s overall pass rates on math tests increased to 90 percent from 88 percent last year. Student pass rates on reading tests remained stable, going from 91.7 percent in 2009 to 91.2 percent in 2010.

Each year, the Virginia Department of Education establishes accreditation status for schools based on student achievement on Standards of Learning tests taken during the previous school year, the release says.


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The story is fine as far as it goes. However, unlike the Chesterfield Observer, you failed to mention CCPS's shortcomings vis-à-vis the No Children Left Behind Act. Rightly or wrongly, failure to include the other side of the coin might convey the impression that your paper is little more than a shill for CCPS.

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