By Amanda Collins

The VDOE reported the first school ratings on Thursday, Sept. 27.

“We are very pleased,” said Andrea Cassell, assistant superintendant of instruction.

The new standards are designed to promote continuous achievement in all schools, close achievement gaps and expand accountability beyond overall performance on Standards of Learning tests, according to a release from VDOE.

The overall rating for reading for the 2017-2018 school year was 83 percent, which is one percent less than the previous school year.

The school system stayed the same in math, with 87 percent in the 2017-2018 school year.

The final in science in 2017-2018 was 85 percent, which was one point less than the previous year.

History went from 91 percent to 87 percent.

Absenteeism also is included with the new accreditation standards. Local schools also received an 88.1 percent in absenteeism for students who missed 0 to 17 days during the 180-day year.

Cassell said that the schools have worked “very hard on approving our attendance rate” by implementing changes on how absences are addressed.

Schools work closely with court services and participate in diversion meetings,…

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