2017 SOA: IMPACT ON SCHOOLS & IMPACT ON STUDENTS
The revisions to the Standards of Accreditation (SOA) express the Board of Education’s vision of continuous improvement for all schools and for student outcomes aligned with the expectations of higher education and employers.
Impact on Schools
The revised SOA provides a more comprehensive view of school quality and expands accountability beyond pass rates on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and high school graduation and completion. Under the revised standards:
Schools receive credit for students who are making progress in English and/or mathematics and are on a trajectory towards reaching proficiency. By recognizing growth, the revised accreditation standards provide a more balanced evaluation of schools serving at-risk students. Under the previous accreditation system, these schools were subject to being perceived as “failing” even if most students were making progress toward proficiency.
Schools receive credit for English-language learners making progress towards English proficiency.
Schools are evaluated on their success in narrowing achievement gaps in English and mathematics. Under the previous accreditation system, high overall performance could mask underperformance of certain student groups.
Schools are evaluated on their success in reducing absenteeism and lowering dropout rates.
High schools — effective in 2021-2022 — will be expected to meet goals for increasing participation and achievement in advanced programs, career and technical education, and work-based and service-based learning.