September 15, 2016
By Mickey Powell
MARTINSVILLE — The city’s four public schools have not yet achieved full state accreditation, information released by the Virginia Department of Education on Wednesday shows.
Martinsville Middle School and Patrick Henry Elementary School have received "partially accredited; warned school" status for 2016-17. That means they are not within a narrow margin of achieving SOL pass rates required for full accreditation. Neither are they making acceptable progress toward those rates, according to the VDOE.
Those schools are classified as "focus schools" and will be required to employ "school improvement coaches" who are approved by the state, a VDOE release showed.
Martinsville City Public Schools Interim Superintendent Zeb Talley said he did not yet know what that means.
But "we’ll do everything that’s required," Talley said.
Statuses for Martinsville High School (MHS) and Albert Harris Elementary School are listed on the VDOE’s website as "to be determined."
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