77 percent of Va's public schools fully accredited

77 percent of Va's public schools fully accredited

Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS

Classroom desks used at Decker College await auction Friday, Feb. 10, 2006 at the site of the former school in Louisville, Ky. Decker, a for-profit trade school run by former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld, is now closed, mired in bankruptcy proceedings and under FBI investigation in a case that has cast a long shadow over Weld's bid to become the next governor of New York. (AP Photo/Brian Bohannon)

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Associated Press

Posted on September 21, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Updated Sunday, Sep 22 at 10:05 AM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia education officials say new, more rigorous assessment tests drove down the number of schools meeting state standards.

The Virginia Department of Education says 77 percent of Virginia's public schools are fully accredited after meeting state benchmarks. That's down from 93 percent last year.

Officials say 1,413 of the state's 1,828 schools met objectives on 2012-13 Standards of Learning tests and other assessments in English, mathematics, science and history — and, for high schools, graduation.

The number of schools accredited with warning nearly quadrupled to 395, and six schools have been denied state accreditation because of chronically low achievement.

Over the last two years, the state has implemented new math, English and science tests aimed at better preparing students for college or post-graduation employment.

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