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No Fredericksburg-area school divisions make AYP

For the second straight year, none of the Fredericksburg area’s school divisions met annual testing goals under the federal No Child Left Behind law.

Statewide, just four of 132 divisions made adequate yearly progress for 2010–11, according to results released yesterday  by the Virginia Department of Education.

Of Virginia’s 1,839 public schools, 697—or 38 percent—made AYP.  That includes 40 in the Fredericksburg area.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia Wright says the accountability system has “outlived its usefulness and should be overhauled,” according to a press release.

AYP is largely tied to scores on math and reading Standards of Learning tests. The required pass rates rise every year, with the goal of 100 percent proficiency in 2014.

This year, at least 86 percent of students overall and in each subgroup—white, black, Hispanic, limited-English proficient, economically disadvantaged and students with disabilities—had to pass reading tests. Eighty-five percent needed to pass math tests.

Last year’s pass rates were 81 percent in reading and 79 percent in math.

A school can also meet AYP by reducing the failure rate of a student subgroup by at least 10 percent.

Here are the Fredericksburg-area schools that made AYP:

Colonial Beach

Colonial Beach Elementary

Culpeper County

A.G. Richardson Elementary

Farmington Elementary

Fauquier County

C. Hunter Ritchie Elementary

C.M. Bradley Elementary

Fauquier High

Greenville Elementary

Kettle Run High

P.B. Smith Elementary

W.G. Coleman Elementary

King George County

King George High

Louisa County

Louisa High

Thomas Jefferson Elementary

Trevilians Elementary

Orange County

Gordon Barbour Elementary

Lightfoot Elementary

Locust Grove Elementary

Orange Elementary

Unionville Elementary

Spotsylvania County

Berkeley Elementary

Cedar Forest Elementary

Chancellor Elementary

Chancellor High

Livingston Elementary

Parkside Elementary

Riverbend High

Riverview Elementary

Robert E. Lee Elementary

Stafford County

Colonial Forge High

Falmouth Elementary

Ferry Farm Elementary

Garrisonville Elementary

Grafton Village Elementary

Hampton Oaks Elementary

North Stafford High

Park Ridge Elementary

Rockhill Elementary

Stafford Elementary

Winding Creek Elementary

Westmoreland County

Montross Middle

Students in Title I schools that don’t meet AYP for two consecutive years may be bused to higher-performing schools in the same system at the request of parents.  The transfer requirement is in effect until a school makes AYP two years in a row.

Title I schools receive federal money to help educate low-income students.

The following schools must offer transfers:

Caroline County

Bowling Green Elementary

Bowling Green Primary

Culpeper County

Sycamore Park Elementary

Pearl Sample Elementary

Fauquier County

Grace Miller Elementary

King George County

Potomac Elementary

Sealston Elementary

King George Elementary

Spotsylvania County

Livingston Elementary

Stafford County

Falmouth Elementary

Rocky Run Elementary

Widewater Elementary

Westmoreland County

Cople Elementary

Washington District Elementary


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