by Madison White Franks
KILMARNOCK—All three Lancaster schools will be accredited with conditions for the 2018-19 academic year under new accreditation standards.
The Lancaster school board held a special meeting October 1 to review the accreditation report.
The revised Standards of Accreditation provides a more comprehensive view of school quality and expands accountability beyond pass rates in Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and high school graduation and completion, said superintendent Dr. Steve Parker.
Schools receive credit for students who are making progress in English and math 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, he said…