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Posted February 14, 2013 | Leave a comment
Letter to the Editor: A-F grading scale may be a good idea
There has been discussion of House Bill 1999, which requires the state to report individual school performance using an A-F grading scale. The main critique seems to be that it is overly simplistic and redundant due to the accountability and standards of accreditation (SOA) process.
I looked at the Virginia Department of Education website and there is a 78-page document describing the SOA, another 22 pages on the state, 28 more on Frederick County and 19 just on James Wood High School. A little simplification may be in order! The Frederick County Public Schools website was a bit friendlier. The "Fast Facts" sheet is helpful and school profiles provide good information.
The next tier, Board of Education Award of Education Excellence: 188 recipients, one school from Clarke (Boyce Elementary). Third tier, Board of Education Competence Award: 171 recipients, one school from Frederick (Aylor Middle) and one from Winchester (John Kerr).
I reviewed the Virginia Department of Education 2012 Annual Report: 82 of 132 school divisions were fully compliant with all provisions of the Standards of Quality for 2011-2012. Winchester and Frederick County were among them. Clarke was not. (Appendix A, page 34); 88 of 132 school divisions have all schools fully accredited. Winchester and Clarke County were among them. Frederick County was not. (Appendix C, page 50)
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