The Moving Finger Moves Again

The Accreditation numbers look to have settled down.

Back in September, the Richmond situation looked like this:

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By early October, the picture had changed.

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Now we have what looks to be the final version.

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Richmond’s large TBD population in September has mostly moved into the “denied” category. 

Just under a third of the Richmond schools are fully accredited.  That leaves two-thirds unaccredited: 39% flatly denied accreditation with the remaining 29% near accreditation or in various stages of avoidance (“reconstituted” schools, i.e., accreditation denied but persuaded VBOE that they are trying hard).

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Preview of coming attraction:

Last week, a Freedom of Information Act request to Richmond disclosed that our division has requested a division-level academic review

The statute has this to say:

When the Board of Education determines through the school academic review process that the failure of schools within a division to achieve full accreditation status is related to division-level failure to implement the Standards of Quality or other division-level action or inaction, the Board may require a division-level academic review.

Request or no, the Board will have to make a determination here.  The November 17 meeting should tell us whether the Board thinks our problem is division-level “action” or “inaction.” 

As well, we now may get to see whether the division-level review – by a Board that admits it does not know how to fix broken schools – might do anything to help our (very) large collection of awful schools.