Accreditation Status

One of the core goals of the York County School Division is to engage all students in rigorous educational experiences. The division’s Strategic Plan identifies specific objectives and benchmarks used to measure our continuous progress towards in that goal area. Progress reports are shared annually with the School Board and are available to the public through the Strategic Plan Status Update page.

In addition to our internal progress assessments, the division must also meet standardized benchmarks established by the state and federal governments.

State Accreditation

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) awards school accreditation ratings based on the percentage of students who pass Standards of Learning (SOL), VA Alternate Assessment Program (VAAP) and VA Grade Level Assessment (VGLA) assessments administered each year in reading, writing, mathematics, history/social science and science. The results of the reading and writing are combined to produce an overall pass rate for English. Mathematics, History and Science grade level tests are combined to produce an overall passing percentage for each subject area.

All 19 YCSD schools are Fully Accredited based on the 2015-16 Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) assessments.

State School Report Cards

The Virginia School Report Card provides information about student achievement, accreditation, attendance, school safety and other topics for individual schools, school divisions and the entire state.

Federal Accountability

The federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) previously required states to establish Annual Measurable Objectives (AMO) for raising reading and mathematics performance for specific subgroups. Additionally, rather than fixed targets established with state accreditation, the AMO targets increased each year. In December of 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) replaced NCLB. Under ESSA, states will develop new federal accountability systems this year, to be implemented in the 2017-18 school year.


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