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All county schools earn accreditation

by Larry Chowning

All three Middlesex County Public Schools passed federal and Virginia benchmark accreditation standards for the year 2012-13, reported assistant school superintendent Dr. Michael T. Cromartie at the September 9 school board meeting.

Dr. Cromartie stated that each summer the State Department of Education releases its final school division and state Virginia Accreditation benchmarks and Federal Annual Measurable Objectives performances for the previous academic year.

Middlesex High students failed the benchmark standard in mathematics with 67% passing. The score, however, is 13% better than the previous year’s score. The state benchmark is 70%. The school, however, has a three-year average of 71% passing, which means the high school passes the overall standards and does receive accreditation, said Dr. Cromartie.

In all other categories, MHS was above the state benchmarks. In English, 88% of students passed; the state benchmark was 75%. In history, 89% passed; the state benchmark was 70%. In science, 93% passed; the state benchmark was 70%.

St. Clare Walker Middle School passed in all categories with 81% passing English (75% benchmark); 91% passing mathematics (70% benchmark); 92% passing history (70% benchmark); and 87% passing science (70% benchmark).

Middlesex Elementary School passed all the state benchmarks. In English, 75% passed (75% benchmark); 85% passed mathematics (70% benchmark); 92% passed history (70% benchmark); and 84% passed science (70% benchmark).

Dr. Cromartie praised the work of teachers, school personnel, students and parents for a job well done in working hard to keep Middlesex County schools accredited.

“Everyone is doing a great job,” he said.

posted 09.18.2013

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