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Colonial Forge High School receives accreditation exemption

Colonial Forge High School in Stafford County is guaranteed full accreditation for the next three years, the state Department of Education announced today.

The state awarded the exemption because Colonial Forge had pass rates of 95 percent or more on all four Standards of Learning tests in 2008–09 and 2009–10. Fifty-three other schools from 18 divisions—none from the Fredericksburg area—also received exemptions.

Traditionally, schools must be accredited every year.

High schools are fully accredited if they receive pass rates of 70 percent or more in English, math, history and science.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia Wright said in a statement: “The waivers provide an opportunity for high-achieving schools to try new approaches in covering the SOL content without worrying about a potential short-term impact on test scores and accreditation ratings.”