12 schools accredited

Published 10:40 pm Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Suffolk Public Schools is pleased to have all of its high schools fully accredited once again after the Virginia Department of Education released accreditation results Wednesday.

The division has 12 fully accredited schools, including Florence Bowser Elementary, which is temporarily closed while it is rebuilt. Seven others are partially accredited or marked as “to be determined.”

“We are also pleased to see several of our schools — Nansemond Parkway Elementary, Forest Glen Middle and John F. Kennedy Middle — have shown growth and are moving towards full accreditation,” Superintendent Dr. Deran Whitney stated in an email. “This effort remains a work in progress. We will continue to look at the data and determine best instructional practices and strategies to move all schools to being fully accredited.”

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King’s Fork High School was fully accredited this year after being given “reconstituted school” status last year.

Whitney said the school conducted a number of interventions that were closely monitored by division and school administrators.

Teachers provided interventions for struggling students as soon as they saw they were needed, Whitney said. The school implemented a data analysis process that included a focus on next steps, provided additional professional development on collaborative teaching and co-planning, and restructured the schedule to provide co-planning between special and general education teachers.

John F. Kennedy Middle School is warned for its low English pass rate, which was 66 percent. Above 75 percent is required for full accreditation.

Forest Glen Middle and Nansemond Parkway Elementary are moving closer to the benchmark in English but not quite there yet, meaning they also are partially accredited.

The status is to be determined for Booker T. Washington, Elephant’s Fork and Mack Benn Jr. elementary schools and King’s Fork Middle School.

Whitney said improvements will be implemented across the board.

“To continue to improve, we will continue to provide necessary resources to our schools as principals deem appropriate based on careful analysis of data,” he wrote. “We will also continue to ensure that the written, taught and tested curriculum is tightly aligned. Providing early interventions to students throughout the year, targeted tiered support for students, and professional development for teachers will also be a focus.”