Virginia Department of Education accredits all 24 schools in Albemarle County
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The Virginia Department of Education has accredited all 24 schools in Albemarle County for the 2022-2023 school year.
However, the division is very candid about the scores students received and how it is not pleased with the results.
School officials realize through these results that the programs they currently have are not helping underserved students to perform their best, and they are not blaming this on the pandemic.
That's based on results from the state's Standards of Learning tests in subjects such as reading and writing, math, science, and social studies that students took earlier this year. In short, this means that all the schools in the area are maintaining academic standards meant to keep children educated and on track for success.
However, Superintendent Dr. Matthew Haas has decided to hire an outside organization that will audit all of the division's programs starting with its reading development program to make recommendations.
"We've also said in the school division that when we talk about our goals for students that all means all and so, you can look at an average and be satisfied with what the average is but you need to look below deeper than that behind those numbers," said Phil Giaramita, the spokesperson for Albemarle County Public Schools.
The SOL scores showed the passing rate for reading was overall 75 percent, but only 50 percent for Black students and 51 percent for Hispanic students.
For math, the overall passing rate was 66 percent, but Black and Hispanic passing rates were about 10 points below that.
In a statement made on the ACPS site, Haas wrote, "while in-person instructional time lost to the pandemic may have contributed to lower scores, there is no question this year's results are similar to those we saw prior to the pandemic.”
The outside organization will begin to audit the division's programs within the next 30 days to quickly address the gap.