Four county schools must create improvement plans

Four Shenandoah County schools that don’t meet state performance requirements in at least one area must make an improvement plan to get them on track with state requirements.

W.W. Robinson Elementary School, North Fork Middle School, Peter Muhlenberg Middle School, and Signal Knob Middle School are on the accreditation with warning list.

“Each school that is not fully accredited must create a school improvement plan with specific, measurable goals,”  said Evelyn Linaburg, assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction.

Schools that are expected to be fully accredited are Ashby Lee Elementary School, Central High School, Sandy Hook Elementary School, Stonewall Jackson High School, and Strasburg High Schools.

Requirements for accreditation include a pass rate of 75 percent in English, 70 percent in mathematics, 70 percent in science, and 70 percent in social studies. Linaburg said the state is in the process of revising accreditation rates and the new ratings will be released at the end of the month.

“While no one factor or practice can improve learning for all students, it is an advantage to seek out and train our teachers in those models and/or strategies that research has found to be most effective in improving student achievement,” she said.

A continued emphasis will be placed on student engagement strategies. Two of these strategies are CRISS and John Hattie strategies.

According to Linaburg, CRISS is Creating Independence through Student-owned Strategies, which “support student thinking and metacognition.” John Hattie is a “well-respected educational researcher. He advocates for models of instruction that improve student learning.”

As part of the school improvement plan, monthly meetings will be held with principals of schools with accreditation warnings. According to Linaburg, the meetings will also include the director of elementary education, the director of middle and secondary education, and herself. Quarterly monitoring meetings for all school principals will be held as well.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com