NCLB STRONGER ACCOUNTABILITY
Mapping Virginia's Educational Progress 2008
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Every day, we learn what works so students can make greater progress. Six years after No Child Left Behind's passage – and mid-way to the nation's goal of having students on grade level or better in reading and math by 2014 – we have collected more data than ever before about the academic performance of our students and schools. This information enables all of us to chart where we are as individual states and as a nation and to map a course of action for future progress. The foundation of our success will depend on our continued commitment to the following core principles:

  • High Standards
  • Annual Assessments
  • Accountability for Results
  • Highly Qualified Teachers in Every Classroom (HQT)
  • Information and Options for Parents
  • All Children on Grade Level By 2014
Student Demographics: White 58.8%, Black 26.6%, Hispanic 7.5%,  Asian/Pacific Islander 5.1%, American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.3%

Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Common Core of Data, 2004-05 School Year

Virginia Students

  Virginia United States
Total Students 1,214,472 49,676,964
Low-Income Students 31.1% 40.9%
Limited English Proficient 6.0% 8.5%
Students with Disabilities 14.4% 13.6%

Source: National Center For Education Statistics (NCES), Common Core of Data, 2005-06 School Year

Virginia Schools

  Virginia United States
Number of Schools 2,094 98,905
Schools Making Adequate Yearly Progress 1,361 (74.1%) 64,546 (70%)
Schools in Need of Improvement 69 10,676
Schools in Restructuring 8 2,302

Source: Consolidated State Performance Report, 2006-07 & NCES CCD, 2005-06

Virginia Facts and Figures

Total NCLB Funding (2007): $372,682,842; a 45% increase over 2001 levels
Public AYP Release Date: August 2007
Testing System Status: Approved

Virginia Teachers

Elementary Classes Taught by Highly Qualified.  98.5% in low poverty schools, 96.6% in high poverty schools.

Secondary Classes Taught by Highly Qualified.  98.1% in low poverty schools, 93.5% in high poverty schools.

Source: Consolidated State Performance Reports, 2006-07

Virginia's Record of Achievement

Reading Achievement for 2006-2007
  Virginia 4th Graders
  State Data— % Proficient NAEP Data— % Basic NAEP Data— % Proficient
All 87% 74% 38%
White 91% 81% 46%
Black 80% 60% 19%
Hispanic 77% 61% 26%
Low Income 78% 58% 20%

  Virginia 8th Graders
  State Data— % Proficient NAEP Data— % Basic NAEP Data— % Proficient
All 80% 79% 34%
White 87% 85% 40%
Black 68% 64% 16%
Hispanic 63% 67% 25%
Low Income 65% 65% 16%

Math Achievement for 2006-2007
  Virginia 4th Graders
  State Data— % Proficient NAEP Data— % Basic NAEP Data— % Proficient
All 81% 87% 42%
White 86% 93% 53%
Black 69% 73% 18%
Hispanic 70% 82% 28%
Low Income 69% 76% 20%

  Virginia 8th Graders
  State Data— % Proficient NAEP Data— % Basic NAEP Data— % Proficient
All 77% 77% 37%
White 84% 86% 47%
Black 64% 56% 15%
Hispanic 65% 64% 24%
Low Income 64% 57% 15%

Source: Virginia Testing Data and 2007 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Data

Achievement Trends

State Reading Achievement: 

In 2007 4th graders scored approximately 228, while nationally they scored 220; 8th graders scored approximately 268, while nationally they scored 261.  

In 2005 4th graders scored approximately 228, while nationally they scored 217; 8th graders scored approximately 268, while nationally they scored 260.  

In 2003 4th graders scored approximately 222, while nationally they scored 216; 8th graders scored approximately 268, while nationally they scored 261.  

In 2002 4th graders scored approximately 224, while nationally they scored 217; 8th graders scored approximately 269, while nationally they scored 263.

State Math Achievement: 

In 2007 4th graders scored approximately 244, while nationally they scored approximately 244; 8th graders scored approximately 288, while nationally they scored 280.  

In 2005 4th graders scored approximately 240, while nationally they scored approximately 238; 8th graders scored approximately 286, while nationally they scored 278.  

In 2003 4th graders scored approximately 239, while nationally they scored approximately 236; 8th graders scored approximately 284, while nationally they scored 276.  

In 2000 4th graders scored approximately 230, while nationally they scored approximately 222; 8th graders scored approximately 272, while nationally they scored 272.

Source: National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

Preparing Virginia Students for Success

State's high school graduation rate in 2006 was 79% The percentage of high school students who graduate as reported by the state.

Source: Consolidated State Performance Report, 2006-07


The Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate was 79.3% for the state, 75% for the nation. The Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate (AFGR) is a reliable definition for comparing across the states the percentage of students who graduate on time.

Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)



High School Students Taking Advanced Placement Exams

Source: College Board

Virginia Nation
25,669
(34.4%)
698,182
(24.9%)

Options for Parents

  # of Eligible Virginia Students % of Eligible Virginia Students Participating % of Eligible Students Participating Nationally
Tutoring 14,578 2,769 (19.0%) 529,627 (14.5%)
Choice 29,409 666 (2.3%) 119,988 (2.2%)

Source: Consolidated State Performance Report, 2006-07

Flexibility Options for States - Virginia

Teacher Incentive Fund Not Participating
Limited English Proficient Partnership Participating
Flexibility for Students with Disabilities Participating
Tutoring Pilot Fairfax County Public Schools, Fauquier County Public Schools, Greene County Public Schools, Hampton City Public Schools, Henrico County Public Schools, Henry County Public Schools, and Newport News City Public Schools
Growth Model Not Participating
Districts in Need of Improvement Pilot Not Participating

 
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