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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

One Hundred Percent of Fairfax County Public Schools Earn Full State Accreditation

All of the 190 schools in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) have earned full accreditation from the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) based on results from Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) tests administered during the 2011-12 school year. Accreditation ratings are based on meeting all state standards for achievement in English, mathematics, history, and science. High schools must also meet an accountability standard based on the graduation and completion index.

Test results in each subject are combined across grade levels to produce overall passing percentages in English, mathematics, history and social studies, and science.  Accreditation benchmarks vary by grade level.  An adjusted pass rate of at least 70 percent in all four core subjects is required of students in grades 6-12 for full accreditation. An adjusted pass rate of 75 percent in English and 70 percent in mathematics, science, and history is required of students in grades 4 and 5.  For students in grade 3, an adjusted pass rate of 75 percent in English, 70 percent in mathematics, and 50 percent in science and history is required for full accreditation.  In addition, high schools must have a graduation and completion index of at least 85 for full accreditation.

Additional information on accreditation standards and the new graduation and completion index is available on the VDOE website.

Individual school accreditation results can be found on the VDOE website.

Note:  For more information, contact Kathy Oliver at 571-423-1403 or