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All county schools now fully accredited

The week of Sept. 29 through Oct. 3 has been declared “SOL Appreciation Week” within Pulaski County Public Schools and with good reason. All nine schools in Pulaski County are fully accredited for the 2008-09 school year.
The PCPS system is among the 95 percent of Virginia’s public schools that were announced Thursday by the Virginia Department of Education to be fully accredited and meeting state standards for student achievement in English, mathematics, history and science based on 2007-08 assessment results.
According to the VDOE, this is the highest percentage of schools reaching full accreditation since the commonwealth began statewide testing 10 years ago.
“Nearly all Virginia children now attend schools that are exceeding the commonwealth’s minimum expectations for student achievement,” said Billy K. Cannaday, Jr., superintendent of public instruction. “That so many schools are now moving beyond minimum standards for competence and proficiency and towards academic excellence is a credit to the educators, elected leaders, policy-makers and parents whose sustained support for reform has been essential is raising student achievement.”
Students in 1,765 of Virginia’s 1,860 schools met or exceeded state achievement objectives on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and other statewide assessments in the four core academic areas last year, according to the VDOE. Ninety-six percent of Virginia’s elementary schools and 98 percent of its high schools are now fully accredited.
Locally, individual schools achieved the following, according to a resolution approved by the Pulaski County School Board:
•Critzer Elementary’s fifth grade made improvements in three of the four subject areas by one to 15 percentage points;
•Dublin Elementary made improvements in three of four subject areas by one to 19 percentage points;
•Newbern Elementary scored in the 70s and 80s in all subject areas;
•Pulaski Elementary led the county’s elementary schools overall by making improvements in all four subject areas in all grades;
•Riverlawn Elementary led the county’s elementary schools in the areas of English and math with the highest scores in those subjects;
•Snowville Elementary, along with Riverlawn, tied for the highest elementary math scores in the county and the school’s third grade scored a 100 percent pass rate in history;
•Dublin Middle made improvements in all four subject areas, including a 17 percentage point rise in math;
•Pulaski Middle made improvements in all four subject areas, including an 18 percentage point rise in math; and
•Pulaski County High led the entire county with the highest recorded scores in English and math.
In addition, every student in Greg Souder’s fifth grade classes at Dublin Elementary passed their SOL tests in all four subject areas, according to Glenda Patton, coordinator of testing and special projects, who noted as far as she knows, that has never happened before.

Upon hearing the accreditation report at their meeting, members of the Pulaski County School Board expressed their excitement and appreciation.
“This is just such good news — the kind that just makes your heart swell,” said board member Pam Chitwood.
“I would like to congratulate Dr. Stowers (School Superintendent Don Stowers), the cabinet, and everybody up and down the spectrum from grounds workers to cafeteria,” said board member Jeff Bain. “Everyone is involved in making this work and I thank you so much for it.”
Bain added that if anyone doesn’t think this isn’t one of the “most important things we do for economic development, they are sadly mistaken.”
He also noted that he had recent conversation with a woman who told him that her husband works in Blacksburg, but they chose to live in Pulaski County because they went online to check out what the PCPS system is doing, and said this system was doing things better than anyone else in this region.
He added that the news of accreditation is “proof of what we’re doing.”
You may contact Jena Hardy at jena@southwesttimes.com

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All county schools now fully accredited

The week of Sept. 29 through Oct. 3 has been declared “SOL Appreciation Week” within Pulaski County Public Schools and with good reason. All nine schools in Pulaski County are fully accredited for the 2008-09 school year.
The PCPS system is among the 95 percent of Virginia’s public schools that were announced Thursday by the Virginia Department of Education to be fully accredited and meeting state standards for student achievement in English, mathematics, history and science based on 2007-08 assessment results.
According to the VDOE, this is the highest percentage of schools reaching full accreditation since the commonwealth began statewide testing 10 years ago.
“Nearly all Virginia children now attend schools that are exceeding the commonwealth’s minimum expectations for student achievement,” said Billy K. Cannaday, Jr., superintendent of public instruction. “That so many schools are now moving beyond minimum standards for competence and proficiency and towards academic excellence is a credit to the educators, elected leaders, policy-makers and parents whose sustained support for reform has been essential is raising student achievement.”
Students in 1,765 of Virginia’s 1,860 schools met or exceeded state achievement objectives on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and other statewide assessments in the four core academic areas last year, according to the VDOE. Ninety-six percent of Virginia’s elementary schools and 98 percent of its high schools are now fully accredited.
Locally, individual schools achieved the following, according to a resolution approved by the Pulaski County School Board:
•Critzer Elementary’s fifth grade made improvements in three of the four subject areas by one to 15 percentage points;
•Dublin Elementary made improvements in three of four subject areas by one to 19 percentage points;
•Newbern Elementary scored in the 70s and 80s in all subject areas;
•Pulaski Elementary led the county’s elementary schools overall by making improvements in all four subject areas in all grades;
•Riverlawn Elementary led the county’s elementary schools in the areas of English and math with the highest scores in those subjects;
•Snowville Elementary, along with Riverlawn, tied for the highest elementary math scores in the county and the school’s third grade scored a 100 percent pass rate in history;
•Dublin Middle made improvements in all four subject areas, including a 17 percentage point rise in math;
•Pulaski Middle made improvements in all four subject areas, including an 18 percentage point rise in math; and
•Pulaski County High led the entire county with the highest recorded scores in English and math.
In addition, every student in Greg Souder’s fifth grade classes at Dublin Elementary passed their SOL tests in all four subject areas, according to Glenda Patton, coordinator of testing and special projects, who noted as far as she knows, that has never happened before.

Upon hearing the accreditation report at their meeting, members of the Pulaski County School Board expressed their excitement and appreciation.
“This is just such good news — the kind that just makes your heart swell,” said board member Pam Chitwood.
“I would like to congratulate Dr. Stowers (School Superintendent Don Stowers), the cabinet, and everybody up and down the spectrum from grounds workers to cafeteria,” said board member Jeff Bain. “Everyone is involved in making this work and I thank you so much for it.”
Bain added that if anyone doesn’t think this isn’t one of the “most important things we do for economic development, they are sadly mistaken.”
He also noted that he had recent conversation with a woman who told him that her husband works in Blacksburg, but they chose to live in Pulaski County because they went online to check out what the PCPS system is doing, and said this system was doing things better than anyone else in this region.
He added that the news of accreditation is “proof of what we’re doing.”
You may contact Jena Hardy at jena@southwesttimes.com

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