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Sep 18

NNPS Students Making Strides in Achievement

Posted on September 18, 2017 at 9:42 AM by Communications Department

All NNPS High Schools Fully Accredited

Twenty-one Newport News public schools have earned full accreditation for the 2017-2018 school year, up from 15 schools two years ago according to data released last week by the Virginia Department of Education. For the first time since the 2010-2011 school year, all NNPS high schools earned full accreditation. Accreditation ratings require all schools to meet or exceed benchmarks for achievement in English, mathematics, science and history. High schools must also meet a graduation and completion index. 
District-wide, students posted gains in several subject areas on SOL tests during the 2016-2017 school year. Student performance at 21 schools exceeded state benchmarks for accreditation in all four subject areas or improved over the prior year, and student results at eight schools surpassed state performance targets in three subjects.   

“We are very proud of the gains that our students and staff have made on the Standards of Learning tests. Our methodical, focused efforts are yielding positive results: all of our high schools are fully accredited, and five schools improved their accreditation status this year,” said Dr. Ashby Kilgore, superintendent of schools. “There are many achievement stories in our school district, most notably, the success at Jenkins Elementary School, which earned full accreditation after being denied for two years.”  

Read more about accreditation for the 2017-2018 school year on the Newport News Public Schools’ website