Accountability for Student Achievement

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Accountability for Student Achievement

Arlington Public Schools (APS) announced on August 11, 2011, the preliminary results of the school division’s performance related to the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) assessments, Virginia accreditation standards, and federal regulations for the ESEA-defined measure of Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). APS continues to focus on Virginia’s Standards of Learning assessment results as a contributor to individual children’s progress toward higher levels of academic achievement and personal success. Data are being examined around the following factors:

  • Sustained SOL performance at passing rates of 90 percent or above;
  • Improvement in the percentage of students passing the SOLs as measured in three-year trends;
  • Advanced levels of performance;
  • Performance at all grade levels and in all core content areas (science and social studies as well as reading and mathematics); and
  • Performance of students in each of the identified groups (racial/ethnic groups, limited English proficient [LEP], special education and economically disadvantaged).

SOL Three-Year Trends

The preliminary 2011 SOL three-year trends indicate a positive direction, demonstrating continuous improvement across the curriculum, at different grade levels, and for each group. Complete SOL results for the division and all schools is available on the Virginia School Report Card from the Virginia Department of Education.

Elementary School Trends
Middle School Trends
High School Trends

Virginia Accreditation

Based on preliminary Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) test results from the 2010–11 school year, all Arlington schools are fully accredited, having met all state standards, except Wakefield High School which may be accredited with warning if the school does not meet the benchmark for the state’s new Graduate Completion Index with the final 2011 high school completion data. The final report will be released in September.

Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)

Additionally, 11 Arlington schools met all performance targets required by the federal government for Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). These include: Arlington Science Focus, Arlington Traditional, Ashlawn, Glebe, Henry, Jamestown, McKinley, Nottingham, Taylor, and Tuckahoe elementary schools, and Yorktown high school. The remaining 19 schools plus the division did not meet AYP.

Complete AYP Results for 2008-2011 (PDF)