Our school, Douglas MacArthur Elementary, will be fully accredited for the 2019-20 school year.
The Virginia Department of Education announced that all ACPS schools met the state benchmark for accreditation.
The ACPS accreditation results are presented through the new state accountability system introduced in 2018 that measures student growth over the course of a school year as well as overall achievement.
“This kind of success doesn’t happen by chance, nor does it happen overnight. It happens through hard work, planning, preparation and dedication for all students to experience success regardless of their life circumstances,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr.
Our school has made progress over the past three years, especially in serving English Learners. Our challenge at Douglas MacArthur is to support achievement of black students and students with disabilities, so that all of our students make at least one year of growth during 2019-2020.
While the accreditation result is positive for ACPS, the school division is also aware that it still has work to do in some key areas. ACPS is currently focused on tackling inequities within the school division that can have an impact on the results that students achieve. ACPS will be working to remove barriers for students so that they are provided the support necessary to achieve within ACPS and beyond.