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Agenda Item: A

Date: May 25, 2017

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Final Review of Requests for Renewal of Alternative Accreditation Plans from Albemarle County Public Schools, Town of Colonial Beach Public Schools, Craig County Public Schools, Highland County Public Schools, Richmond City Public Schools, Scott County Public Schools and York County Public Schools for High Schools with a Graduation Cohort of Fifty (50) or Fewer Students Beverly Rabil, Director, Office of School Improvement, Division of Student Assessment and School Improvement

Beverly.Rabil@doe.

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(804) 225-2865

Purpose of Presentation: Action required by Board of Education regulation.

Previous Review or Action: Previous review and action. Specify date and action taken below: Date: April 27, 2017: Action: First Review Date: October 25, 2012: Action: Approval of Alternative Accreditation Plan for Albemarle County Public Schools: Murray High Date: March 27, 2014: Action: Approval of Alternative Accreditation Plan for Town of Colonial Beach: Colonial Beach High Date: March 27, 2014: Action: Approval of Alternative Accreditation Plan for Craig County: Craig County High Date: March 27, 2014 Action: Approval of Alternative Accreditation Plan for Highland County: Highland High Date: March 27, 2014: Action: Approval of Alternative Accreditation Plans for Richmond City: Franklin Military Academy, Open High, Richmond Community High Date: March 27, 2014: Action: Approval of Alternative Accreditation Plan for Scott County: Twin Springs High Date: March 27, 2014: Action: Approval of Alternative Accreditation Plan for York County: York River Academy

Action Requested: Final review: Action requested at this meeting.

Alignment with Board of Education Goals: Please indicate (X) all that apply:

X Goal 1: Accountability for Student Learning Goal 2: Rigorous Standards to Promote College and Career Readiness Goal 3: Expanded Opportunities to Learn

A

Goal 4: Nurturing Young Learners Goal 5: Highly Qualified and Effective Educators Goal 6: Sound Policies for Student Success Goal 7: Safe and Secure Schools Other Priority or Initiative. Specify:

Background Information and Statutory Authority: Goal 1: Approving the alternative accreditation plan supports accountability for all public schools through state policies that help schools increase the academic success of all students.

Section 8 VAC 20-131.280.C. of the Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia (SOA) states:

Section 8 VAC 20-131.280.C. of the Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia states:

Subject to the provisions of 8 VAC 20-131-350, the governing school board of special purpose schools such as those provided for in ? 22.1-26 of the Code of Virginia, Governor's schools, special education schools, alternative schools, or career and technical schools that serve as the student's school of principal enrollment may seek approval of an alternative accreditation plan from the Board of Education. Schools offering alternative education programs and schools with a graduation cohort of 50 or fewer students as defined by the graduation rate formula adopted by the board may request that the board approve an alternative accreditation plan to meet the graduation and completion index benchmark. Special purpose schools with alternative accreditation plans shall be evaluated on standards appropriate to the programs offered in the school and approved by the board prior to August 1 of the school year for which approval is requested. Any student graduating from a special purpose school with a Standard, Advanced Studies, or Modified Standard Diploma must meet the requirements prescribed in 8 VAC 20-131-50.

Summary of Major Elements:

The following school divisions request approval of an alternative accreditation plan for the high schools indicated below to meet the Graduation and Completion Index (GCI) benchmark for schools with a graduation cohort of 50 or fewer students. Below are the GCI benchmarks for these schools:

Name of School Division

Albemarle County

Town of Colonial Beach

Craig County Highland County

Name of School(s) Submitting Alternative Accreditation Plan

Murray High

Colonial Beach High Craig County High

Highland High

GCI Index 2016 87

95

96 94

Attachment Reference Attachment A

Attachment B

Attachment C Attachment D

B

Name of School Division

Richmond City Richmond City Richmond City Scott County York County

Name of School(s) Submitting Alternative Accreditation Plan

Franklin Military Academy Open High

Richmond Community High Twin Springs High York River Academy

GCI Index

2016 98 100 100 97 100

Attachment Reference

Attachment E Attachment F Attachment G Attachment H Attachment I

Due to the small cohort size, one student can make a significant difference in the GCI. For this reason, the GCI alone is not an appropriate measure for these schools; additional criteria are needed to determine accreditation. Each school division is requesting a waiver to 8VAC 20-131280 (as provided in the background information) of the SOA so that adjustments may be made to the accreditation calculations for accountability purposes. The following are being requested by each school division for the accreditation cycles for three years beginning in 2017:

1. The proposed alternative accreditation plan will be used only if the school fails to meet the GCI benchmark for full accreditation AND the cohort size for the graduating class is less than 50.

2. The maximum number of GCI bonus points allowable for alternative accreditation will be based upon the size of the On-Time Graduation Rate cohort as follows: 0-14 students, no bonus points assigned: the school division will submit a written appeal to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Maximum of 5 points for cohorts of 15-20 students Maximum of 4 points for cohorts of 21-40 students Maximum of 3 points for cohorts of 41-50 students

3. The division will submit a written appeal of the accreditation rating to the Superintendent of Public Instruction for cohort sizes of less than fifteen students or in cases where special circumstances warrant explanation and consideration in addition to the maximum point values outlined above.

The Superintendent of Public Instruction will make the final determination if the school division appeals the GCI due to cohort sizes of less than fifteen students or in cases where special circumstances warrant explanation and consideration.

Each school division has determined additional criteria and measurable thresholds for achieving bonus points based upon individual school data. Each school has submitted between three and six additional criteria, each of which is worth one bonus point if the benchmark is met. Descriptions of the additional criteria fall into the following categories:

Advanced Diplomas earned by graduating cohort Advanced Placement course enrollment and/or Advanced Placement examination scores Completion of internships/mentorships Completion of service learning programs Career and Technical Education program completion, certification, and/or credential

awards

C

Dual Enrollment course enrollment Enrollment in higher level courses such as chemistry, calculus, and physics Post-High School status ? postsecondary education, joining the military, full-time

employment School earns Virginia Index of Performance points that qualify for an award SOL pass rates and/or SOL pass advanced pass rates The proposed school plans are included as Attachments A-I. Impact on Resources: None Timetable for Further Review/Action: None Superintendent's Recommendation: The Superintendent of Public Instruction recommends that the Board of Education approve the requests for renewal of alternative accreditation plans from Albemarle County Public Schools, Town of Colonial Beach Public Schools, Craig County Public Schools, Highland County Public Schools, Richmond City Public Schools, Scott County Public Schools and York County Public Schools for High Schools with a Graduation Cohort of Fifty (50) or Fewer Students. Rationale for Action: The alternative accreditation plans meet the criteria that are considered for approval of alternative accreditation plans for high schools with a graduation cohort of fifty (50) or fewer students. The plans support improvement in the academic success of students in schools with a graduation cohort of 50 or fewer students and align with the requirements for requesting a waiver as specified in the Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia.

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Attachment A 1

Attachment A 2

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