For the 2013-14 school year, 56 of the 61 schools within Chesterfield County Public Schools are fully accredited. The Virginia Department of Education establishes accreditation status each year based on student achievement on Standards of Learning tests taken during the previous school year.
These Chesterfield County schools are fully accredited:
- Elementary schools — Bellwood, Bensley, Beulah, Bon Air, Chalkley, Clover Hill, Crenshaw, Crestwood, Curtis, Davis, Ecoff, Enon, Evergreen, Falling Creek, Gates, Gordon, Grange Hall, Greenfield, Harrowgate, Hening, Hopkins, Jacobs Road, Matoaca, Providence, Reams Road, Robious, Elizabeth Scott, Alberta Smith, Spring Run, Swift Creek, Watkins, Bettie Weaver, Wells, Winterpock and Woolridge
- Middle schools — Bailey Bridge, Carver, Elizabeth Davis, Manchester, Matoaca, Midlothian, Providence, Robious, Salem Church, Swift Creek and Tomahawk Creek
- High schools — Lloyd C. Bird, Clover Hill, Cosby, Thomas Dale, James River, Manchester, Matoaca, Meadowbrook, Midlothian and Monacan
Five Chesterfield County schools are accredited with warning: Marguerite Christian Elementary, Ettrick Elementary, Salem Church Elementary, Falling Creek Middle and Chesterfield Community High.
The Virginia Department of Education is in the process of revising SOL tests to raise standards and promote college and career readiness. SOL tests taken this spring in reading, writing and science were much more challenging than previous tests. In the previous year, math SOL tests were revised to become more rigorous. Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia Wright has said that decreasing pass rates across Virginia are a sign that expectations are increasing, not that students are learning less.
Chesterfield County Superintendent Marcus Newsome said that the school system has already started to implement instructional changes to better prepare all students for SOL tests. The five schools that are accredited with warning will receive additional support:
- The schools will undergo academic reviews and complete three-year improvement plans that will include research-based strategies for core instruction and intensive instruction for students who are falling behind.
- Reading coaches and math coaches will be assigned as needed.
- Leadership teams will meet monthly to monitor student progress.
Accreditation information and SOL reports for every school in Virginia along with information about SOL revisions is available on the website of the Virginia Department of Education: www.doe.virginia.gov .