Pulaski County Schools respond to state accreditation report

From Pulaski County Schools

On Tuesday, September 16th, the Virginia Department of Education released the 2014-2015 school accreditation ratings. Dublin Elementary, Riverlawn Elementary, Pulaski Elementary and Snowville Elementary are rated as Fully Accredited. Critzer Elementary, Dublin Middle, Pulaski Middle and Pulaski County High School are rated as Accredited with Warning.

According to the Virginia Department of Education, school accreditation ratings for the 2014-2015 school year are based on student achievement on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests in English, mathematics, history/social science and science administered during the 2013-2014 school year. In order to be Fully Accredited, elementary and middle school students must achieve all of the following pass rates:

English – 75 % or higher

Mathematics – 75% or higher

Science – 70% or higher

History – 70% or higher

High schools are Fully Accredited if:

Students achieve pass rates of 75% or higher on English and 70 % or higher in mathematics, science and history; and

Attain a point value of 85 or greater based on the Graduation and Completion Index (GCI).

The VDOE reported that the percentage of schools meeting accreditation standards declined for a second consecutive year as a consequence of the growing impact of more rigorous reading, writing, science and mathematics Standards of Learning tests introduced since 2011. The number of schools Accredited with Warning rose to 545, an increase from last year’s total of 393.

Critzer Elementary and Pulaski County High School are Accredited with Warning in mathematics. Dublin Middle and Pulaski Middle are Accredited with Warning in English. A school receives this rating if pass rates are below the achievement levels required for full accreditation.

Pulaski County High School attained 91 points on the Graduation and Completion Index. All schools continue to implement and expand the PCPS Commit to Graduate initiative. The mathematics scores at Pulaski County High School improved significantly over previous years. Algebra instruction was a primary focus during the 2013-2014 school year. Pulaski Middle School increased their mathematics scores from 63% to 71%, meeting the state accreditation requirements.

Each school is in the process of finalizing a school improvement plan. The school improvement plans contain goals and strategies on how to improve instruction, based on SOL data.


New River Valley Trail Guide among projects awarded state tourism grants

Program will generate more than $3 million in marketing initiatives

46 local tourism partners to receive public-private marketing dollars to bolster economy; grants will impact at least 195 statewide tourism entities

RICHMOND - Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that more than $852,000 in matching grant funds will be awarded to 46 local tourism initiatives as part of Virginia Tourism Corporation’s (VTC) Marketing Leverage Program. The grants are designed to help local and regional tourism entities attract more visitors by leveraging local marketing dollars, and will ultimately impact at least 195 other statewide tourism entities. The local organizations match the state grant funds by a minimum of 2:1 in order to support marketing projects. This funding cycle, the local partners will match the VTC grant dollars with more than $2.1 million, providing more than $3 million in new marketing to increase visitation to Virginia.

“These grants equip local tourism businesses with the tools they need to stay competitive,” said Governor McAuliffe. “The Marketing Leverage Program grants help support and grow a robust and diversified new Virginia economy and encourage strategic marketing of tourism products and businesses across the Commonwealth, generating revenue and jobs.”

Tourism is an instant revenue generator for Virginia. In 2013, tourism generated $21.5 billion in revenue, supported 213,000 jobs and provided $1.42 billion in state and local taxes. Dollars invested in tourism are proven to provide a 5:1 return in tax revenue for Virginia, and the grant awards and matching funds provide a stimulus to localities seeking to increase tourism visitation and revenue.

VTC’s Marketing Leverage Program is designed to increase visitor spending by leveraging limited marketing dollars, stimulating new tourism marketing through partnerships, and extending the “Virginia is for Lovers” brand.  A minimum of three Virginia entities must partner financially to apply for a grant.  Partners may consist of Virginia cities, towns, counties, convention and visitors bureaus, chambers of commerce, other local or regional destination marketing organizations, private businesses, museums, attractions, cultural events, and other not-for-profit entities.  In total, VTC awards approximately $1.7 million annually – matched and leveraged on average 3:1 by partner dollars.

“The grants are supporting businesses across the Commonwealth, contributing to the overall economic health of our communities,” said Maurice Jones, Secretary of Commerce and Trade. “The state’s investment maximizes local marketing funds, allowing for localities to double and sometimes triple their marketing power to attract more visitors. This is a powerful tool for small businesses across the state.”

Details on the grant awards are below. The next round of VTC Marketing Leverage Program grants will open September 29, 2014. Localities interested in applying may visit www.vatc.org for more information.

Grant Program Name Lead Partner Award Amount
Capture the Clinch Clinch River Adventures $9,895.00
Bush Mill: Millstones, Mountains, Memories Southwest Virginia Community Foundation $2,500.00
Music, Milk & Marketing Lee County $5,125.00
Shenandoah Valley Kids Trail Great Country Farms $50,000.00
America’s Historic Triangle Marketing Program Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Inc $50,000.00
This is RVA Launch Valentine Richmond History Center $5,000.00
Virginia By Rail VisitNorfolk $7,500.00
Humpback Bridge – History Over the Water Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce & Tourism $10,000.00
Claw of the Dragon Southwest Virginia Motorcycle Trail Wytheville Convention & Visitors Bureau $50,000.00
“Heart Rate” Campaign Heart of Appalachia $50,000.00
What’s Your Bot-e-Type? Social Media Campaign Botetourt County Office of Tourism $30,500.00
Authentic Abingdon Overnight: Experience Culture, Make Memories Barter Theatre $25,000.00
Blue Ridge Standard Time Campaign Roanoke Valley CVB $50,000.00
Middlesex County Marketing Initiative Middlesex County $7,400.00
Historic Downtown Wytheville – Where the LOVE is! Bolling Wilson Hotel $50,000.00
My Bristol Visit Bristol Convention & Visitors Bureau $27,340.00
More of What Matters Campaign Mecklenburg County Tourism Office $11,716.50
Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest $5,000.00
New River Valley Trail Guide New River Valley Planning District Commission $3,000.00
Rappahannock River Community Branding Town of Kilmarnock $13,300.00
Bluegrass, Barbecue & Brew Festival at Patrick Henry’s Red Hill Red Hill, Patrick Henry National Memorial $3,057.00
Hunter’s Raid Civil War Trail Lexington and Rockbridge Area Tourism $3,500.00
Believe in Bristol Digital Marketing Platform Believe in Bristol $10,000.00
Find Your Sweet Spot In Highland County Highland County Economic Development Authority $6,500.00
Virginia Science Festival Science Museum of Western Virginia $24,707.50
Fall Oyster Fests on Virginia’s Eastern Shore Eastern Shore of Virginia Tourism Commission $4,750.00
Route 5 Tourism Website and Take 5! Marketing Campaign The Route 5 Corridor Coalition $3,124.50
Richmond Garden Trail Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden $2,900.00
Promoting the Shenandoah Valley as a Green Wedding Destination Hermitage Hill Farm & Stables $5,000.00
Virginia is for “Opera” Lovers Virginia Opera $50,000.00
Salvage Dawgs Weekend Getaway Black Dog Salvage $4,750.00
Smith Mountain Lake Online Marketing and Responsive Website Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce $9,878.00
Tom Tom Founders Festival Tom Tom Foundation $50,000.00
Explore the Depths…Newport News Museums Revealed! The Mariners’ Museum $10,000.00
Declare Your Independence with a Northern Neck Getaway Stratford Hall – the Robert E. Lee Memorial Association $10,000.00
“Come Play Outdoors!” Shenandoah County Outdoor Recreation Shenandoah County $4,760.00
Big Stone Gap The Movie Regional Promotion Phase II Town of Big Stone Gap $12,580.50
It’s Always Playtime in Abingdon – TV and Digital Campaign Abingdon Convention and Visitors Bureau $50,000.00
Northern Virginia Canadian Marketing Campaign Northern Virginia Visitors Consortium $9,375.00
Engaging Visitors all Across Virginia’s Artisan and Oyster Trails Artisan Center of Virginia $23,225.00
Bringing Castleton to the World Castleton Festival $50,000.00
Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k Marketing Initiative Metropolitan Richmond Sports Backers $25,000.00
Choose Your Own (Staunton) Adventure American Shakespeare Center $3,627.00
Find Yourself in the Heart of Southwest Virginia Russell County Board of Supervisors $5,000.00
Virginia Fall Foliage Art Show Fall Foliage Festival Art Show $4,650.00
NoVa Loves the Blues Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization $2,750.00


More videos show missing Va. student, male walking

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Police said Thursday they are seeking to talk to a male who was seen by a witness with a University of Virginia student the night she disappeared.

Charlottesville police Capt. Gary Pleasants said the witness came forward Wednesday night after two more grainy surveillance videos were released of Hannah E. Graham from the Downtown Mall.

The 18-year-old freshman was last seen at the mall, a popular row of shops and restaurants, on Friday night.

Pleasants said one video shows Graham outside a pizza shop. The witness was captured on the video as he exited the store and followed Graham. Another video from a jewelry store two minutes later also shows the witness following Graham.

The witness told police that he followed her because she looked like she was in distress.

“It looked like she was at least in some physical distress and he was concerned for her,” Pleasants said.

The witness, whose name wasn’t released, told police that before he could catch up with Graham, another male approached her and put his arm around her.

“From the interaction, he (the witness) thought they knew each other, so he thought she was fine and he left,” Pleasants said.

Pleasants said police want to talk to the second male. He wouldn’t describe what the male was wearing.

“We certainly need to talk to this person and see what his interaction was,” Pleasants said.

The male isn’t seen in either video. The second video appears to show someone next to Graham, but Pleasants said it’s her reflection in the store window.

Two other videos released earlier show Graham walking past a pub and, minutes later, running past a service station.

The university’s student council has scheduled a “Bring Hannah Home” candlelight vigil on the Charlottesville campus Thursday night.

She was last heard from early Saturday morning, when she texted a friend after leaving a party to say she was lost. Her friends reported her missing on Sunday. Police have searched a wide area northeast and east of the campus without success.

Her parents, John and Susan Graham, have said that they fear foul play, but Police Chief Timothy Longo said police have no substantial evidence to support that.

Longo said Graham met friends for dinner at a restaurant Friday night, dropped by parties at two off-campus housing units, and left the second one alone. Longo said Graham had been drinking.

Graham is 5-foot-11 with blue eyes, light brown hair and freckles. The search has involved local police, the Virginia State Police, University of Virginia police and the FBI, which is processing leads, Pleasants said. The search has also included canine teams and helicopters.

Police have interviewed about 50 people and have established a designated tip line for information on Graham. The number is (434) 295-3851.

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Missing Virginia woman’s parents fear ‘foul play’

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The parents of a missing University of Virginia student said Wednesday they fear she is the victim of “foul play,” and police released two new surveillance videos showing the 18-year-old walking past a pub and, minutes later, running past a service station.

Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo said the videos have been extremely helpful as investigators try to piece together what happened to Hannah E. Graham early Saturday morning but said police still need to hear from anyone who might have any information about Graham, no matter how insignificant it might seem.

Graham’s friends reported her missing Sunday. They last heard from her Saturday morning, when she texted a friend after leaving a party to say she was lost. Police have searched a wide area northeast and east of the campus without success.

“Hannah is beyond precious to us, and we are devastated by her appearance,” her parents, John and Susan Graham, said in a statement released at a news conference in downtown Charlottesville. “It is totally out of character for us not to have heard from her, and we fear foul play.”

Longo said police “don’t have any substantial evidence” supporting fears of foul play, despite the video showing Graham running. She slowed to a walk toward the end of the video, which Longo said indicates she was not being pursued.

He said police have received word that another security video shows Graham later running onto the Downtown Mall, a popular seven-block row of shops and restaurants flanking a wide, brick-paved walkway, but investigators had not yet seen the footage.

The new videos and an eyewitness’ tip prompted police to canvass downtown businesses Wednesday. A team of detectives went door-to-door at bookstores, bars and restaurants in the hope of recovering more surveillance videos, police Capt. Gary Pleasants said.

Longo said Graham met friends for dinner at a restaurant Friday night, dropped by parties at two off-campus housing units, and left the second one alone. She sent several texts, including the one indicating she was lost, but Longo said he “didn’t get the sense there was fear” in any of the messages.

He said Graham had been drinking that night. He said police released that information to emphasize that she may have been unusually vulnerable and her judgment may have been impaired.

Detective Jim Mooney, the lead investigator, said police have interviewed about 50 people.

The search for the student, who was born in England but has lived in Virginia since she was 5, has involved local police, the Virginia State Police, University of Virginia police and the FBI, which is processing leads, Pleasants said. The search has also included canine teams and helicopters.

At least three other young women have disappeared in the area in the last five years.

Police said there was no indication Graham’s disappearance was linked to any of the other cases, but Mooney said the rural area where Morgan Harrington’s remains were found has been checked just in case. Harrington, a Virginia Tech student, disappeared in 2009 while attending a rock concert at the University of Virginia’s John Paul Jones Arena. No arrests have been made in that case.

Graham is 5-foot-11 with blue eyes, light brown hair and freckles. Police released surveillance photos showing Graham dressed in the black slacks and gold and black crop top she was believed to be wearing when she disappeared.

Police have established a designated tip line for information on Graham. The number is 434-295-3851.

58 students awarded $100 during PCHS’ Investments in Learning Assembly

From Pulaski County High School

Mr. Michael Grim, principal of Pulaski County High School, announced today school officials awarded 58 students a check for $100.00 at the Investments in Learning Assembly.

All students who passed a Standards of Learning (SOL) test last school year at Pulaski County High School were eligible to win one hundred dollars. Student names were randomly selected from the SOL Excitement Campaign Treasure Chest.  The money for each of the $100.00 awards had been donated by private citizens, businesses, churches and school leaders.

Also, at this assembly, the 2014-2015 Most Valuable Cougar (MVC) Award nominees were announced. The Most Valuable Cougar Award is the most distinguished individual award granted to a Pulaski County High School student. These five seniors will serve as ambassadors and leaders throughout the school year. In May 2015, the Most Valuable Cougar Award will be presented to one of these five nominees: Mr. Damon Akers, Miss Riley Chitwood, Mr. Tyler Blevins, Miss Ella Reeves or Mr. Joseph Stacy.

The school also presented Academic and Perfect Attendance awards to more than 300 PCHS students.

“Congratulations to our winners, their parents and the Faculty and staff of Pulaski County High School,” Grimm said.

For questions, please contact our Activities Director, Mr. Scott Vest at 540-643-0747.

Man arrested in Pulaski for felony child abuse and neglect

From Pulaski Police Dept.

On Friday, Sept. 12 at approximately 10:25 p.m., officers with the Pulaski Police Department responded to Washington Square Apartments in reference to a welfare check on a 6-month-old infant who was in the care of his father.

When officers made contact with the father they found that the child had sustained multiple severe injuries.

Investigators and Department of Social Services officials were contacted.

The child was transported to the Lewis Gale Pulaski Hospital and later transferred to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

Steven Edward Akers was arrested and charged with Felony Child Abuse/Neglect, and is being held without bond at the New River Regional Jail. Additional charges are pending.

Pulaski Police Department and Pulaski Child Protective Services are working closely in this investigation.  It has been determined that similar incidents prior to this have occurred with the same victim.

The child is now safe.

It was reported that Akers also abused his dog in the same manner.

Pulaski Police Department wants the public to understand the importance of reporting crimes, especially these high risk crimes and those involving victims that are unable to report it themselves.  If you have information, and wish to remain anonymous, you can do so simply by calling and not giving your name.  Pulaski Police Department also has an anonymous tip line (540) 994-8679, and online at http://www.pulaskipd.net/patrol-officer-forensic-science.html.

By authority of Officer M.R. Jennings

CDC confirms respiratory illness in Va.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia is the latest state to detect a respiratory illness caused by an uncommon virus similar to the germ that causes the common cold.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed that Virginia is among 16 states where the infection enterovirus 68 has been confirmed.

State public health officials say seven of 10 children have tested positive for the virus.

Dr. Laurie Forlana is the state epidemiologist. She said Wednesday all seven children are within Richmond and the surrounding region.

Forlano said the median age of the children is 6.

The suspected germ is an uncommon strain of a very common family of viruses that typically hit from summertime through autumn. The virus can cause including runny noses, coughing and wheezing.

Pulaski County Humane Society Goes the Extra Mile For Pets!

In July, the Pulaski County Humane Society announced the organization might have to close its doors due to lack of funding. Founded in 1979, the 501 (c) 3 charity group responsible for rescuing well over 1,000 dogs and cats in the past two years found its own self in need of rescue.
The public responded with an out pour of support the organization had not witnessed since opening its offices in the new Pulaski County Animal Shelter in 2005. That’s when the humane society raised $225,000, largely through local donations, toward constructing the shelter.
The group would like to publicly thank everyone who donated to help the humane society remain in business. “We had children dropping off $5 and $10 in change where they had emptied their piggy banks to help us stay open,” said Candice Simmons, PCHS executive director. She says individual donations had dropped dramatically since the 2008 recession, and grant sources continue to shrink. “Our local citizens once again saved the day,” she said.
Now, the humane society would like to see citizens go a step further to show support of the group’s mission. On Saturday, October 18th, the organization will host GOING THE EXTRA MILE FOR PETS at Motor Mile Speedway from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The idea is for citizens to bring their pets to the Speedway during that time and walk or run laps around the racetrack to demonstrate support of  adopting shelter animals and practicing responsible pet care, like spaying/neutering pets. The event will be sort of like a Relay for Life with dogs. The small registration fee of $5 per person and $5 per dog will go to provide food and basic pet care for  the homeless dogs and cats at the Pulaski County Animal Shelter. The humane society  urges school groups and other non profits who support its mission to form teams to participate in the walk.
The group also plans to host a Pet Expo during the event. Walkers and runners can visit various vendors, including animal rescue groups, around the track. Petco and North Mountain Small Dog Rescue have already signed on.  Petco will supply all participants with doggy goody bags. The Pulaski  County Animal Shelter will have several dogs on hand, available for adoption.
Concessions prepared by Motor Mile Speedway will be available for purchase.
For questions or more information on GOING THE EXTRA MILE FOR PETS at Motor Mile Speedway on October 18th, please call 540-674-0089 or email pchsva@gmail.com.


2014-2015 Accreditation Ratings Reflect Higher Standards for Students and Schools All Schools Fully Accredited in 22 Divisions

From Va. Dept. of Education

The percentage of schools meeting state accreditation standards declined for a second consecutive year as a consequence of the growing impact of more rigorous reading, writing, science and mathematics Standards of Learning (SOL) tests introduced since 2011, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) announced today.

Sixty-eight percent, or 1,246, of Virginia’s 1,827 public schools are rated as Fully Accredited for 2014-2015 compared with 77 percent for 2013-2014, and 93 percent for 2012-2013. The number of schools Accredited with Warning rose to 545, an increase from last year’s total of 393. The drop in accreditation came despite statewide improvements in mathematics performance and hundreds of schools that also saw incremental gains in reading, writing and science.

“In every school division I have visited, I have been impressed by the determination of teachers, principals, superintendents and other educators to meet the higher expectations we now have for our students and schools,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples said. “The challenge now is to move beyond the temporary disappointment of an accreditation rating and work together – school divisions shoulder to shoulder with the department – to share best practices and implement the instructional strategies that will move our students toward college and career readiness.”

2014-2015 State Accreditation Ratings
Grade Span Fully Accredited Accredited with Warning Provisionally Accredited Conditional (New Schools) Accreditation Denied To Be Determined
Elementary 796 346 7 5 5
Middle 192 106 1 4 4
High 232 71 2 1 5
Combined 26 22 1 1
Total 1,246 545 2 10 10 14

Virginia students began taking more challenging mathematics assessments in 2011-2012, and more challenging reading, writing and science tests the following year. The tests require students to apply content knowledge and critical-thinking skills to solve open-ended problems. Three-year averaging of performance in each subject area in the calculation of ratings provides less mitigation with each subsequent accreditation cycle as school ratings increasingly reflect achievement on the new tests.

“The SOL tests students began taking 16 years ago established a uniform floor across the state. Now the floor is being raised so all students – regardless of where they live, who they are, or their family’s income – will have a foundation for success in an increasingly competitive economy,” Board of Education President Christian N. Braunlich said. “These new tests represent higher expectations for our students and schools and meeting them will be a multiyear process.”

“Virginia’s students are among the highest performing in the nation on the national reading, mathematics and science tests,” Secretary of Education Anne Holton said. “I am confident that the teachers, principals, superintendents and other educators who have brought our schools and students this far are up to this new challenge and, moving forward, we will see more and more schools regain full accreditation.”

Ten schools in six divisions are denied state accreditation for 2014-2015 because of persistently low student achievement:

  • Alexandria – Jefferson-Houston Elementary for a third consecutive year
  • Henrico County – L. Douglas Wilder Middle, which had been Accredited with Warning for three consecutive years
  • Norfolk – Campostella Elementary, which had been Accredited with Warning for three consecutive years; William H. Ruffner Middle for a third consecutive year; Lake Taylor Middle, which had been Accredited with Warning for three consecutive years; and Lindenwood Elementary for a second consecutive year
  • Northampton County – Kiptopeke Elementary, which had Conditional Accreditation for the last three years
  • Petersburg – Peabody Middle for a ninth consecutive year and A.P. Hill Elementary for a second consecutive year
  • Richmond – Fred D. Thompson Middle, which had been Accredited with Warning for three consecutive years

Schools denied accreditation are subject to corrective actions prescribed by the state Board of Education and affirmed through a memorandum of understanding with the local school board.

“We recognize the significant challenges confronting educators in these schools but cannot continue to accept these results as inevitable,” Staples said. “Our expectation is that student performance can and must show improvement and the partnership between VDOE and the local divisions is one means to accomplish this goal.”

The status of 14 schools will be determined by the Board of Education in October. Under Virginia’s accountability program, a school that has been on academic warning for three consecutive years and fails to meet state standards for a fourth consecutive year can apply for Conditional Accreditation – if the local school board agrees to reconstitute the school’s leadership, staff, governance or student population. A reconstituted school can retain conditional accreditation for up to three years if it is making acceptable progress. Schools seeking conditional accreditation are, by division, as follows:

  • Dinwiddie County – Dinwiddie County Middle
  • Hampton – Jane H. Bryan Elementary
  • Lynchburg – Sandusky Middle
  • Newport News – Newsome Park Elementary, Sedgefield Elementary and Willis A. Jenkins Elementary
  • Norfolk – Booker T. Washington High and Tidewater Park Elementary
  • Petersburg – Vernon Johns Junior High
  • Portsmouth – I.C. Norcom High
  • Richmond – Armstrong High, George Wythe High and Thomas C. Boushall Middle
  • Virginia Beach – Bayside Middle

Two Richmond high schools – Huguenot High and John Marshall High – are Provisionally Accredited for 2014-2015. These schools met all requirements in English, mathematics, science and history and came within two points of the graduation and completion benchmark required for full accreditation for high schools.

Ten newly opened schools are automatically rated as Conditionally Accredited for 2014-2015.

All schools are fully accredited in 22 of the commonwealth’s 132 school divisions, compared with 36 divisions last year. The divisions with all schools fully accredited (other than new schools that automatically receive conditional accreditation) are as follows:

  • Bland County
  • Colonial Heights
  • Craig County
  • Falls Church
  • Fluvanna County
  • Fredericksburg
  • Galax
  • Goochland County
  • King William County
  • Lexington
  • Manassas Park
  • New Kent County
  • Poquoson
  • Powhatan County
  • Rappahannock County
  • Richmond County
  • Roanoke County
  • Salem
  • West Point
  • Williamsburg-James City County
  • Wise County
  • York County

For a school to earn full accreditation, at least 75 percent of students must pass reading and writing SOL tests, and at least 70 percent must pass state assessments in mathematics, science and history. High schools must also meet a benchmark for graduation and completion.

Accreditation ratings also may reflect credit earned by schools that successfully remediate students who failed reading or mathematics tests during the previous year. Adjustments also may be made for students with limited-English proficiency and for students who have recently transferred into a Virginia public school.

Accreditation ratings for 2014-2015 and updated online report cards for all schools and school divisions are available on the VDOE website.

Under a flexibility waiver granted by the U.S. Department of Education, supports and interventions under the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act – also known since 2001 as No Child Left Behind (NCLB) – are focused on the lowest-performing Title I schools. These schools are identified as either Priority or Focus schools. Like state accreditation ratings, the federal designations are based on achievement on SOL tests during 2013-2014.

Priority schools – comprising the lowest-performing five percent of Title I schools – must engage a state-approved turnaround partner to help design and implement school-reform models that meet state and federal requirements. The 36 schools identified as Priority schools for 2014-2015 are as follows:

  • Accomack County – Metompkin Elementary
  • Albemarle County – Benjamin F. Yancey Elementary
  • Alexandria – Jefferson-Houston Elementary
  • Buckingham County – Buckingham County Elementary and Buckingham County Primary
  • Danville – J.M. Langston Focus Alternative School
  • Franklin – Joseph P. King Jr. Middle and S.P. Morton Elementary
  • Hampton – Jane H. Bryan Elementary
  • Henrico County – L. Douglas Wilder Middle
  • Lynchburg – Dearington Elementary/Innovation and Perrymont Elementary
  • Martinsville – Albert Harris Elementary
  • Newport News – Horace H. Epes Elementary, Newsome Park Elementary, Sedgefield Elementary and Willis A. Jenkins Elementary
  • Norfolk – Campostella Elementary, Chesterfield Academy Elementary, Jacox Elementary, James Monroe Elementary, Lake Taylor Middle and Lindenwood Elementary
  • Petersburg – Peabody Middle
  • Richmond – Binford Middle, Blackwell Elementary, Elkhardt Middle, Fred D. Thompson Middle, G.H. Reid Elementary, Ginter Park Elementary, Henderson Middle, John Marshall High, Martin Luther King Jr. Middle, Oak Grove/Bellemeade Elementary, Richmond Alternative and Woodville Elementary

Focus schools (comprising 10 percent of Title I schools selected on the basis of achievement gaps) must employ state-approved, school-improvement coaches. Focus schools retain their designation for a minimum of two years – unless they are subsequently identified as Priority schools or no longer receive federal Title I funding. The 72 Focus schools for 2014-2015 are as follows:

  • Albemarle County – Agnor-Hurt Elementary, Mary Carr Greer Elementary, Paul H. Cale Elementary, Scottsville Elementary, Stony Point Elementary and Woodbrook Elementary
  • Alexandria – Patrick Henry Elementary and William Ramsay Elementary
  • Alleghany County – Mountain View Elementary
  • Amherst County – Madison Heights Elementary
  • Augusta County – Beverley Manor Elementary, North River Elementary and Riverheads Elementary
  • Bedford County – Moneta Elementary
  • Bristol – Washington-Lee Elementary
  • Buena Vista – Enderly Heights Elementary and F.W. Kling Jr. Elementary
  • Charlottesville – Clark Elementary
  • Chesapeake – Norfolk Highlands Primary
  • Chesterfield County – Marguerite F. Christian Elementary
  • Clarke County – Boyce Elementary and D.G. Cooley Elementary
  • Cumberland County – Cumberland Elementary
  • Fairfax County – Annandale Terrace Elementary, Bailey’s Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences, Herndon Elementary, Hutchison Elementary, Sleepy Hollow Elementary and Woodley Hills Elementary
  • Frederick County – Apple Pie Ridge Elementary, Indian Hollow Elementary, Orchard View Elementary, Redbud Run Elementary and Stonewall Elementary
  • Grayson County – Baywood Elementary
  • Halifax County – Cluster Springs Elementary and Sydnor Jennings Elementary
  • Hampton – John B. Cary Elementary
  • Harrisonburg – Smithland Elementary
  • Henrico County – Charles M. Johnson Elementary, Dumbarton Elementary and Lakeside Elementary
  • Lexington – Harrington Waddell Elementary
  • Lunenburg County – Kenbridge Elementary
  • Lynchburg – Heritage Elementary and Paul Munro Elementary
  • Manassas – Baldwin Elementary and Jennie Dean Elementary
  • Mecklenburg County – Clarksville Elementary and LaCrosse Elementary
  • Newport News – Carver Elementary, L.F. Palmer Elementary, Lee Hall Elementary and Magruder Elementary
  • Norfolk – Richard Bowling Elementary, Tanners Creek Elementary and William H. Ruffner Middle
  • Patrick County – Stuart Elementary
  • Prince Edward County – Prince Edward Middle
  • Prince William County  – Belmont Elementary
  • Radford – Belle Heth Elementary and McHarg Elementary
  • Richmond – Lucille M. Brown Middle and Overby-Sheppard Elementary
  • Rockbridge County – Natural Bridge Elementary
  • Shenandoah County – W.W. Robinson Elementary
  • Spotsylvania County – Spotswood Elementary
  • Staunton – Bessie Weller Elementary
  • Suffolk – Elephant’s Fork Elementary
  • Sussex County – Sussex Central Elementary
  • Virginia Beach – College Park Elementary
  • Waynesboro – Wenonah Elementary

Additional information on the progress of Virginia schools and divisions toward meeting the goals of the commonwealth’s NCLB flexibility waiver is available on the Federal Accountability page of the VDOE website.