Virginia's Department of Education released new accreditation numbers on Wednesday, and there's improvement for the Commonwealth.
Fully accredited divisions include Arlington, Falls Church, Fredericksburg, Loudoun, Manassas Park and Stafford.
Statewide, there were 1,573 fully accredited schools, or 86 percent of the total number - a five-point increase over previous year.
"This is a significant accomplishment for Virginia's public schools, and one that is the result of tremendous diligence and hard work of our students, teachers, principals and division leaders over many years", said Governor Terry McAuliffe in a press release.
In addition, Governor McAuliffe also made congratulatory phone calls yesterday, September 12, to select schools and divisions who made significant progress in their accreditation status.
For a school to earn full accreditation, students must achieve adjusted pass rates of at least 75 percent in English and at least 70 percent on assessments in mathematics, science and history.
There were also improvements to individual schools in our area. Accreditation ratings may also reflect an average of achievement over several years.
Moneta Elementary School in Bedford County and T. C. Miller Elementary School in Lynchburg, two schools that were denied state accreditation last year because of persistently low achievement last year are now fully accredited, according to the state. Schools denied accreditation are subject to corrective actions prescribed by the state Board of Education through a memorandum of understanding with the local school board.
The Board of Education has yet to determine the fate of 92 schools at risk of being denied accreditation.
Thirty-three "priority" schools must establish new school-reform models that meet state and federal requirements, including Prince William County's Belmont Elementary and Alexandria's Jefferson-Houston Elementary.