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UPDATE: 93 percent of Virginia schools earned full accreditation

UPDATE: All schools in all but two of the school division in the Fredericksburg region received full accreditation based on data from the 2011-12 school year.

Not every school in Louisa and Orange county school districts achieved full accreditation.

UPDATE: The report is out and 93 percent of the state’s schools earned full accreditation for 2011-12. Ninety percent of high schools earned full accreditation, up four points from last year.

UPDATE: The state Department of Education has run into technical difficulties  regarding new reporting requirements on the School Report Card so release of the report has been delayed, a spokeswoman just announced.

I’m hopeful the results will be available later today.


The Virginia Department of Education is scheduled to release the annual accreditation report today.

Last year, all but two schools in the Fredericksburg region earned full state accreditation, which is based on student performance on Standards of Learning tests and graduation rates.

Last year, the percentage of schools statewide that earned full accreditation dropped from 98 percent to 96 percent.

A big factor was a new “graduation and completion index” added to the standards for the 2010-11 school year. That resulted in a drop for high schools from 99 percent getting accredited to 86 percent.

Under the new graduation standards, schools receive full credit for students  earning a Board of Education recognized diploma and partial credit for those earning a GED and those expected to stay in high school for a fifth year.

Last year, Washington & Lee High School in Westmoreland County was among 30 high schools given provisional accreditation. That accreditation level meant students at the school met state standards for the four Standards of Learning tests and were within 5 points of meeting the graduation index.

Orange County’s Locust Grove Primary received conditional accreditation simply because it was its first year of operation.