Questions Concerning Schools Receiving "Accreditation Denied" Status
Understanding the Rating of Accreditation Denied in Virginia
What does an Accreditation Denied rating mean?
A school with this rating has failed to meet accreditation benchmarks in one or more of the four content areas (English, mathematics, science, history) or for the graduation completion index (high schools only) for full accreditation for four or more consecutive years.
What happens when a school is rated Accreditation Denied?
Once a school has been identified by the Virginia Department of Education with the rating of Accreditation Denied, the following will occur:
- Within 30 days, parents must be provided written notice of the school’s accreditation rating.
- The Virginia Board of Education and the local school board will enter into an agreement called a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
- The division superintendent, principal, and designated division staff will meet with the director of the Office of School Improvement (OSI) to collaboratively develop the Corrective Action Plan (CAP).
- Following the initial development of the CAP, the school must seek input from key stakeholders.
- The final CAP is signed by the division superintendent, the school principal, and the director of OSI.
- The local school board will monitor the implementation of the MOU and submit progress reports to the Office of School Improvement.
- School division staff and the principal will meet triannually with OSI to monitor the implementation of the CAP Essential Actions.
- An annual progress report is provided to the Virginia Board of Education until the school becomes Fully Accredited.
What is included in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)?
The MOU outlines the responsibilities of the Virginia Board of Education, the Virginia Department of Education, the local school board, the school division, and the school. It is effective until full accreditation has been met.
What is a Corrective Action Plan (CAP)?
A CAP outlines Essential Actions that the school will implement as work towards becoming Fully Accredited. The CAP outlines responsibilities, a timeline, and evidence of progress.
Does the status of Accreditation Denied mean that students are not getting a good education?
Accreditation ratings reflect overall achievement within a school, not the performance or learning of individual students. In assessing the quality of the education provided by a school, parents should also consider individual achievement on SOL tests, classroom grades, and other measures of learning and performance.
Are there other options for schools rated Accreditation Denied?
A local school board may choose to close the school, combine the school with a higher performing school in the division, or reconstitute the school. Reconstitution may include restructuring the school’s governance, instructional program, staff or student population.
Applications for reconstitution must be submitted and approved by the Virginia Board of Education. A reconstituted school will be denied accreditation if it fails to make annual progress towards full accreditation or to meet the requirements for full accreditation after three years.
Can a child transfer to another school that is not rated Accreditation Denied?
Public school choice is not required by VDOE. Local educational agencies should be contacted to determine if this is an option.
Will the rating of Accreditation Denied affect a student’s ability to get into college?
The accreditation status of a high school does not appear on transcripts that are provided to colleges, universities or employers. Your child’s diploma is recognized as equal to any other Virginia diploma of the same type, regardless of the school’s accreditation status.
Colleges and universities look at a variety of factors such as SAT or ACT results, individual SOL test results, types and rigor of courses taken in high school, grade-point average and class ranking when making acceptance decisions.