VERONA — Augusta County Schools are on track to meet accreditation this fall.
Director of Instruction and Technology Tina Kiracofe reported to the Augusta County School Board during its special meeting Thursday.
“Based on our calculations, it looks like our schools have met the benchmark,” Kiracofe said Tuesday in a phone interview with The News Virginian.
Kiracofe said the school system tries “to predict or anticipate what the final averages will look like for our schools.”
Averages include Standards of Learning and subgroup achievement scores for students.
According to Kiracofe, anticipating averages helps the school system in case an area requires concern or a different program must be put into place to bring averages up.
The school system has yet to gather from the state all information on absenteeism and graduation completion numbers for the 2018-2019 academic year.
Kiracofe said the school system expects to hear from the state about accreditation status in September, after final scores are gathered in late August.
What stands out so far for Kiracofe in the school system’s averages is students maintaining good scores in English and mathematics.
“We’re continuing to see that stabilization of scores. We’re just able to sustain that rate of over 75 percent in English,” Kiracofe said.
She added that a lot of the work is done at the elementary and middle school levels for students.
When students come to the school system in kindergarten, not all students would test on the same level, but they have until third grade before testing begins.
“Learning to read and do math is not always easy for all students,” she said of younger children.
The Augusta County School Board’s next regular meeting will be held 7 p.m. on Aug. 1 at the Augusta County Government Center, 18 Government Center Ln., Verona.