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Forestdale Elementary

General school information

Category: Elementary (PK-06) School
Phone: 703-313-4300
Address: 6530 Elder Ave Springfield, VA 22150
Principal: Ms. Merrell Dade
Superintendent: Dr. Scott S. Brabrand
Region: 4
Division: Fairfax County Public Schools
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Accreditation

Performance Snapshot

Assessments

Assessments

Enrollment

Enrollment

Finance

School Finance

Learning Climate

Learning Climate

Teacher Quality

Teacher Quality

State Accreditation Status

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ACCREDITATION

Accreditation Status This Year: Accredited

School Quality Indicators

Academic Achievement

English Level One
Mathematics Level One
Science Level One

Achievement Gaps

EnglishLevel One
MathematicsLevel One

Student engagement & Outcomes

Chronic Absenteeism Level One

Accredited: All indicators at Level One or Level Two or Waiver
Accredited With Conditions: One or more indicators at Level Three
Accreditation Denied: Under State Sanction

Achievement Gaps: English and Mathematics

Reporting on the achievement and progress of student groups allows schools to identify learners in need of additional support and resources.

Student Group Achievement Gap - English Achievement Gap - Math
Asian Level One Level One
Black Level One Level One
Economically Disadvantaged Level One Level One
English Learners Level One Level One
Hispanic Level One Level One
Students with Disabilities Level One Level One
White Level One Level One

18.28% of the students in this school were chronically absent.

Assessments

Student Achievement by Proficiency Level

Reading

Reading Performance: All Students

Note: Calculations for 2017-2018 annual pass rates on Standards of Learning tests in reading, writing, mathematics, science and history were modified to reflect new federal reporting requirements.

Virginia students are assessed annually in reading in grades 3-8 and once in high school with an end-of-course reading test. Use the drop down menu above the chart to view the results for a specific reading test. Use the menu below the chart to select assessment results for a specific group of students.

Virginia’s English Standards of Learning prepare students to participate in society as literate citizens, equipped with the ability to communicate effectively in their communities, in the workplace, and in postsecondary education. As students progress, they become active and involved listeners and develop a full command of the English language, evidenced by their use of standard English and their growing spoken and written vocabularies.

Recently retired SOL tests representative of the content and skills included in current SOL tests are available on the Virginia Department of Education website to assist in understanding the format of the tests and questions.

Overall Student Performance: Reading Performance 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018
Student Subgroup Advanced Passed Proficient Failed Advanced Passed Proficient Failed Advanced Passed Proficient Failed
All Students 15 77 62 23 16 75 59 25 7 60 53 40
Female 10 83 73 17 18 80 62 20 8 64 56 36
Male 19 71 52 29 14 71 57 29 6 56 50 44
American Indian < < < < < 100 < 0 < < < <
Asian 18 84 66 16 19 90 71 10 8 69 60 31
Black 11 71 61 29 16 64 48 36 11 64 53 36
Hispanic 15 70 55 30 14 67 53 33 4 51 47 49
White 17 85 69 15 16 84 68 16 10 69 60 31
Two or more races < < < < < < < < < < < <
Students with Disabilities 21 52 31 48 20 62 43 38 11 43 32 57
Economically Disadvantaged 15 73 58 27 15 66 51 34 5 54 49 46
English Learners 17 69 53 31 13 71 58 29 2 53 51 47
Grade 3 English Reading Performance 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018
Student Subgroup Advanced Passed Proficient Failed Advanced Passed Proficient Failed Advanced Passed Proficient Failed
All Students 28 86 58 14 22 77 55 23 7 51 44 49
Female 16 86 70 14 25 81 56 19 13 69 56 31
Male 44 85 41 15 18 73 55 27 - 28 28 72
Asian 21 79 57 21 20 100 80 0 - 46 46 54
Black 27 82 55 18 15 62 46 38 10 50 40 50
Hispanic 41 86 45 14 23 64 41 36 12 54 42 46
White 14 93 79 7 29 93 64 7 < < < <
Students with Disabilities 36 73 36 27 29 64 36 36 7 29 21 71
Economically Disadvantaged 38 84 47 16 19 65 46 35 6 41 34 59
English Learners 39 79 39 21 23 75 53 25 - 38 38 62
Grade 4 English Reading Performance 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018
Student Subgroup Advanced Passed Proficient Failed Advanced Passed Proficient Failed Advanced Passed Proficient Failed
All Students 8 64 56 36 10 71 61 29 11 61 51 39
Female 6 75 69 25 11 78 67 22 14 62 48 38
Male 9 56 47 44 9 64 55 36 7 61 54 39
American Indian < < < < < 100 < 0 < 100 < 0
Asian 14 79 64 21 8 77 69 23 15 69 54 31
Black 5 59 55 41 10 60 50 40 25 67 42 33
Hispanic 4 54 50 46 10 66 55 34 - 44 44 56
White 17 75 58 25 14 86 71 14 8 75 67 25
Two or more races < < < < < < < < < < < <
Students with Disabilities 22 50 28 50 31 62 31 38 8 25 17 75
Economically Disadvantaged 4 56 51 44 13 55 42 45 8 53 44 47
English Learners 10 56 46 44 8 57 49 43 3 59 57 41
Grade 5 English Reading Performance 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018
Student Subgroup Advanced Passed Proficient Failed Advanced Passed Proficient Failed Advanced Passed Proficient Failed
All Students 14 78 65 22 19 75 56 25 6 55 49 45
Female 14 86 71 14 19 83 64 17 5 59 54 41
Male 14 73 59 27 18 68 50 32 6 50 44 50
Asian 14 86 71 14 33 92 58 8 - 70 70 30
Black 7 67 60 33 15 60 45 40 - 64 64 36
Hispanic 12 65 53 35 20 77 57 23 3 37 34 63
White 27 100 73 0 8 69 62 31 30 90 60 10
Two or more races < 100 < 0 < 100 < 0 < 100 < 0
Students with Disabilities 14 43 29 57 18 64 45 36 15 46 31 54
Economically Disadvantaged 17 73 57 27 16 72 56 28 2 47 44 53
English Learners 11 74 63 26 15 73 59 27 - 41 41 59
Grade 6 English Reading Performance 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018
Student Subgroup Advanced Passed Proficient Failed Advanced Passed Proficient Failed Advanced Passed Proficient Failed
All Students 11 81 69 19 11 77 66 23 7 72 65 28
Female 3 85 82 15 16 76 60 24 3 67 64 33
Male 18 76 58 24 8 78 69 22 10 77 67 23
Asian 23 92 69 8 16 89 74 11 17 92 75 8
Black 11 83 72 17 20 73 53 27 12 71 59 29
Hispanic 5 76 71 24 - 59 59 41 - 69 69 31
White 12 76 65 24 < < < < - 58 58 42
Two or more races < 100 < 0 < 100 < 0 < < < <
Students with Disabilities 13 47 33 53 - 58 58 42 13 58 46 42
Economically Disadvantaged 6 84 78 16 13 71 58 29 4 72 68 28
English Learners 4 70 65 30 6 81 75 19 5 71 66 29
LEGEND < = A group below state definition for personally identifiable results
- = No data for group
* = Data not yet available
Unduplicated = Students are able to be in two gap groups

Math

Math Performance: All Students

Note: Calculations for 2017-2018 annual pass rates on Standards of Learning tests in reading, writing, mathematics, science and history were modified to reflect new federal reporting requirements.

Virginia public school students assessed in mathematics in grades 3-8 and at the end of the following secondary mathematics courses: Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II. Use the drop down menu above the chart to select a specific mathematics test. Use the menu below the chart to select assessment results for a specific group of students.

The content of the Standards of Learning for mathematics supports the following five goals for students: becoming mathematical problem solvers, communicating mathematically, reasoning mathematically, making mathematical connections, and using mathematical representations to model and interpret practical situations.

Throughout a student’s mathematics schooling from kindergarten through grade eight, specific content strands or topics are included. These content strands are Number and Number Sense; Computation and Estimation; Measurement; Geometry; Probability and Statistics; and Patterns, Functions, and Algebra. The Standards of Learning for each strand progress in complexity at each grade level and throughout the high school courses.

Recently retired SOL tests representative of the content and skills included in current SOL tests are available on the Virginia Department of Education website to assist in understanding the format of the tests and questions.

Overall Student Performance: Math Performance 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018
Student Subgroup Advanced Passed Proficient Failed Advanced Passed Proficient Failed Advanced Passed Proficient Failed
All Students 14 73 59 28 10 69 59 31 10 55 44 45
Female 12 76 65 24 11 71 60 29 10 59 50 41
Male 15 69 54 31 9 68 59 32 11 50 39 50
American Indian < < < < < < < < < < < <
Asian 21 86 65 14 15 87 72 13 22 71 49 29
Black 14 65 51 35 7 61 54 39 11 54 43 46
Hispanic 5 65 61 35 5 58 53 42 4 42 39 58
White 20 80 61 20 18 78 60 22 14 71 57 29
Two or more races < < < < < < < < < < < <
Students with Disabilities 16 48 33 52 11 46 34 54 11 33 22 67
Economically Disadvantaged 7 66 59 34 7 62 55 38 9 47 37 53
English Learners 11 68 57 32 7 64 57 36 8 46 38 54
Grade 3 Mathematics Performance 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018
Student Subgroup Advanced Passed Proficient Failed Advanced Passed Proficient Failed Advanced Passed Proficient Failed
All Students 18 74 56 26 12 71 59 29 9 47 38 53
Female 18 79 61 21 15 76 61 24 16 50 34 50
Male 18 68 50 32 9 66 57 34 - 42 42 58
Asian 27 80 53 20 19 94 75 6 - 50 50 50
Black 9 55 45 45 8 62 54 38 10 40 30 60
Hispanic 9 64 55 36 4 52 48 48 12 42 31 58
White 27 93 67 7 21 86 64 14 < < < <
Students with Disabilities 18 36 18 64 21 50 29 50 7 36 29 64
Economically Disadvantaged 6 64 58 36 8 61 53 39 9 38 28 63
English Learners 14 69 54 31 7 69 62 31 6 31 26 69
Grade 4 Mathematics Performance 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018
Student Subgroup Advanced Passed Proficient Failed Advanced Passed Proficient Failed Advanced Passed Proficient Failed
All Students 11 54 43 46 4 62 58 38 12 57 45 43
Female 3 60 57 40 6 64 58 36 10 59 48 41
Male 15 50 35 50 3 61 58 39 14 55 41 45
American Indian < < < < < < < <
Asian 21 79 57 21 8 69 62 31 31 85 54 15
Black 14 57 43 43 - 45 45 55 15 62 46 38
Hispanic - 42 42 58 - 52 52 48 - 22 22 78
White 17 58 42 42 14 86 71 14 8 83 75 17
Two or more races < < < < < 100 < 0 < < < <
Students with Disabilities 22 39 17 61 8 31 23 69 15 38 23 62
Economically Disadvantaged 7 40 33 60 - 59 59 41 11 46 35 54
English Learners 10 41 31 59 3 51 49 49 11 47 37 53
Grade 5 Mathematics Performance 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018
Student Subgroup Advanced Passed Proficient Failed Advanced Passed Proficient Failed Advanced Passed Proficient Failed
All Students 17 79 62 21 11 57 46 43 13 44 31 56
Female 18 75 57 25 9 60 51 40 11 51 41 49
Male 16 82 66 18 14 55 41 45 15 35 21 65
Asian 19 90 71 10 17 92 75 8 30 70 40 30
Black 20 60 40 40 10 55 45 45 7 29 21 71
Hispanic 6 76 71 24 10 48 38 52 3 31 29 69
White 25 83 58 17 15 46 31 54 40 80 40 20
Two or more races < 100 < 0 < < < < < 100 < 0
Students with Disabilities 7 71 64 29 14 41 27 59 15 23 8 77
Economically Disadvantaged 10 73 63 27 5 48 43 52 12 37 26 63
English Learners 15 85 69 15 8 44 36 56 7 39 32 61
Grade 6 Mathematics Performance 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018
Student Subgroup Advanced Passed Proficient Failed Advanced Passed Proficient Failed Advanced Passed Proficient Failed
All Students 6 83 77 17 7 89 82 11 9 67 59 33
Female 3 88 84 13 5 86 82 14 3 74 71 26
Male 9 79 71 21 9 91 82 9 14 60 46 40
Asian - 90 90 10 11 89 78 11 < < < <
Black 12 82 71 18 - 75 75 25 12 76 65 24
Hispanic 5 85 80 15 6 94 88 6 - 64 64 36
White 6 81 75 19 < 100 < 0 - 55 55 45
Two or more races < 100 < 0 < 100 < 0 < < < <
Students with Disabilities 13 47 33 53 - 67 67 33 9 30 22 70
Economically Disadvantaged 3 97 93 3 13 83 70 17 7 59 52 41
English Learners - 83 83 17 11 94 83 6 8 62 54 38
Grade 7 Mathematics Performance 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018
Student Subgroup Advanced Passed Proficient Failed Advanced Passed Proficient Failed Advanced Passed Proficient Failed
All Students < 100 < 0 < 100 < 0 < 100 < 0
Female < 100 < 0 < 100 < 0 < 100 < 0
Male < 100 < 0 < 100 < 0 < 100 < 0
Asian < 100 < 0 < 100 < 0 < 100 < 0
Hispanic < 100 < 0 < 100 < 0
White < 100 < 0 < 100 < 0 < 100 < 0
Economically Disadvantaged < 100 < 0 < 100 < 0 < 100 < 0
LEGEND < = A group below state definition for personally identifiable results
- = No data for group
* = Data not yet available
Unduplicated = Students are able to be in two gap groups

Science

Science Performance: All Students

Note: Calculations for 2017-2018 annual pass rates on Standards of Learning tests in reading, writing, mathematics, science and history were modified to reflect new federal reporting requirements.

Virginia public school students are assessed in science in grades 5 and 8 and at the end of the following secondary courses: Earth Science, Biology, and Chemistry. Before 2014, students also were assessed in science in grade 4. Use the drop down menu above the chart to select results for a specific science test. Use the menu below the chart to select assessment results for a specific group of students.

Virginia’s Science Standards of Learning identify academic content for essential components of the science curriculum at different grade levels. Standards are identified for kindergarten through grade five, for middle school, and for a core set of high school courses — Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Throughout a student’s science schooling from kindergarten through grade six, content strands, or topics are included. The Standards of Learning in each strand progress in complexity as they are studied at various grade levels in grades K-6, and are represented indirectly throughout the high school courses.

Recently retired SOL tests representative of the content and skills included in current SOL tests are available on the Virginia Department of Education website to assist in understanding the format of the tests and questions.

Overall Student Performance: Science Performance 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018
Student Subgroup Advanced Passed Proficient Failed Advanced Passed Proficient Failed Advanced Passed Proficient Failed
All Students 24 78 54 22 10 65 54 35 8 69 61 31
Female 23 77 53 23 9 63 54 37 8 70 62 30
Male 24 79 55 21 11 66 55 34 9 68 59 32
Asian 27 82 55 18 33 92 58 8 20 90 70 10
Black 33 73 40 27 10 50 40 50 7 79 71 21
Hispanic 6 78 72 22 3 55 52 45 - 54 54 46
White 33 75 42 25 8 69 62 31 20 90 70 10
Two or more races < 100 < 0 < 100 < 0 < 100 < 0
Students with Disabilities 14 57 43 43 9 50 41 50 8 54 46 46
Economically Disadvantaged 22 75 53 25 7 60 52 40 2 56 53 44
English Learners 22 78 56 22 8 59 51 41 - 57 57 43
Grade 5 Science Performance 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018
Student Subgroup Advanced Passed Proficient Failed Advanced Passed Proficient Failed Advanced Passed Proficient Failed
All Students 24 78 54 22 10 65 54 35 8 69 61 31
Female 23 77 53 23 9 63 54 37 8 70 62 30
Male 24 79 55 21 11 66 55 34 9 68 59 32
Asian 27 82 55 18 33 92 58 8 20 90 70 10
Black 33 73 40 27 10 50 40 50 7 79 71 21
Hispanic 6 78 72 22 3 55 52 45 - 54 54 46
White 33 75 42 25 8 69 62 31 20 90 70 10
Two or more races < 100 < 0 < 100 < 0 < 100 < 0
Students with Disabilities 14 57 43 43 9 50 41 50 8 54 46 46
Economically Disadvantaged 22 75 53 25 7 60 52 40 2 56 53 44
English Learners 22 78 56 22 8 59 51 41 - 57 57 43
LEGEND < = A group below state definition for personally identifiable results
- = No data for group
* = Data not yet available
Unduplicated = Students are able to be in two gap groups

History

History Performance: All Students

Note: Calculations for 2017-2018 annual pass rates on Standards of Learning tests in reading, writing, mathematics, science and history were modified to reflect new federal reporting requirements.

Virginia public school students are assessed in history and social science following instruction in Virginia Studies in elementary school, Civics and Economics in middle school, and at the conclusion of the following secondary courses: World History and Geography to 1500, World History and Geography 1500 to the Present, World Geography, and Virginia and U.S. History. Use the drop down menu above the chart to select a specific history or social science test. Use the menu below the chart to select assessment results for a specific group of students.

Virginia’s History and Social Science Standards of Learning are designed to

  • develop the knowledge and skills of history, geography, civics, and economics that enable students to place the people, ideas, and events that have shaped our state and our nation in perspective;
  • instill in students a thoughtful pride in the history of America through an understanding that what “We the People of the United States” launched more than two centuries ago was not a perfect union, but a continual effort to build a “more perfect” union, one which has become the world’s most successful example of constitutional self-government;
  • enable students to understand the basic values, principles, and operation of American constitutional democracy;
  • prepare students for informed, responsible, and participatory citizenship;
  • develop students’ skills in debate, discussion, and writing; and
  • provide students with a framework for continuing education in history and the social sciences.

Recently retired SOL tests representative of the content and skills included in current SOL tests are available on the Virginia Department of Education website to assist in understanding the format of the tests and questions.

Overall Student Performance: History Performance 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018
Student Subgroup Advanced Passed Proficient Failed Advanced Passed Proficient Failed Advanced Passed Proficient Failed
All Students 18 73 55 27 19 72 52 28 15 66 51 34
Female 13 70 57 30 18 79 62 21 21 67 46 33
Male 22 76 54 24 21 64 42 36 9 65 57 35
American Indian < 100 < 0 < 100 < 0 < 100 < 0
Asian 36 93 57 7 23 92 69 8 33 92 58 8
Black 19 62 43 38 10 60 50 40 < < < <
Hispanic 5 60 55 40 11 52 41 48 - 46 46 54
White 27 82 55 18 43 93 50 7 17 58 42 42
Two or more races < 100 < 0 < 100 < 0 < < < <
Students with Disabilities 23 85 62 15 8 58 50 42 < < < <
Economically Disadvantaged 10 63 53 38 14 62 48 38 12 62 50 38
English Learners 18 65 47 35 9 59 50 41 11 70 59 30
VA Studies Performance 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018
Student Subgroup Advanced Passed Proficient Failed Advanced Passed Proficient Failed Advanced Passed Proficient Failed
All Students 15 72 57 28 18 71 53 29 13 65 52 35
Female 13 70 57 30 18 79 62 21 17 65 48 35
Male 16 74 58 26 19 63 44 38 9 65 57 35
American Indian < 100 < 0 < 100 < 0 < 100 < 0
Asian 31 92 62 8 23 92 69 8 33 92 58 8
Black 15 60 45 40 10 60 50 40 < < < <
Hispanic 5 60 55 40 11 52 41 48 - 46 46 54
White 20 80 60 20 38 92 54 8 9 55 45 45
Two or more races < 100 < 0 < 100 < 0 < < < <
Students with Disabilities - 80 80 20 - 55 55 45 < < < <
Economically Disadvantaged 10 63 53 38 14 62 48 38 8 60 52 40
English Learners 13 63 50 38 9 59 50 41 11 70 59 30
LEGEND < = A group below state definition for personally identifiable results
- = No data for group
* = Data not yet available
Unduplicated = Students are able to be in two gap groups

Number of recently arrived English language learners exempted from state reading assessments

2015-20162016-20172017-2018
State3,4624,2272,762
Division1,0321,256850
School678
Number of recently arrived English language learners exempted from state reading assessments

Enrollment

Fall Membership by Grade

Grade 2015-20162016-20172017-2018
Pre-kindergarten403946
Kindergarten748965
Grade 1757993
Grade 2807372
Grade 3676963
Grade 4746964
Grade 5768667
Grade 6706775
Total Students556571545
Fall Membership by Grade
LEGEND < = A group below state definition for personally identifiable results
- = No data for group
* = Data not yet available

Fall Membership by Subgroups

2017 Fall Membership By Subgroup: Racial and Ethnic Groups

The Virginia Department of Education annually collects statistics on the number of students enrolled in public schools on September 30.  Student counts are reported by grade assignment, race, ethnicity, disability, English proficiency, and economic status.

The collection of race and ethnicity information as specified by the U.S. Department of Education is required for eligibility for federal education funds and for accountability reports.

A student is reported as economically disadvantaged if he or she meets any one of the following criteria:

  • Is eligible for Free/Reduced Meals;
  • Receives Temporary Assistance for Needy Families;
  • Is eligible for Medicaid; or
  • Is a migrant or is experiencing homelessness.

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Fall Membership by Subgroup
Subgroup 2015-20162016-20172017-2018
All Students556571545
Female263258256
Male293313289
American Indian522
Asian125115102
Black11510694
Hispanic176197193
White120128136
Two or more races152317
Students with Disabilities122119133
Not Students with Disabilities434452412
Economically Disadvantaged219193285
Not Economically Disadvantaged337378260
English Learners263297291
Not English Learners293274254
Homeless579
Military Connected183229
LEGEND < = A group below state definition for personally identifiable results
- = No data for group
* = Data not yet available
Unduplicated = Students are able to be in two gap groups

School Finance

Percentage of Expenditures

Division Expenditures

Multiple factors should be considered when comparing the level of school division expenditures for instruction and expenditures for non-instructional costs, such as administration, health services and pupil transportation. These factors include economies of scale, geographic size, and the number of students requiring special services. For example:

  • Smaller school divisions may have similar administrative and support costs as larger divisions but these non-instructional costs are spread over a smaller expenditure base.
  • Geographically large but sparsely populated school divisions may have higher per-pupil transportation costs because of travel distances and mountainous topography.
  • Divisions with large populations of at-risk or special needs students must provide support services that are required or that raise student achievement.
School Division - Percentage of Expenditures
  2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017
Percentage of fiscal year division
operating expenditures for instructional costs
67.8 68 68.8

Statewide Expenditures

The state Board of Education prescribes the following major classifications for expenditures of school funds: instruction; administration, attendance and health; pupil transportation; operation and maintenance; school food services and other non-instructional operations; facilities, debt and fund transfers; technology; and contingency reserves.

Instructional costs include the salaries and benefits paid to teachers, teacher aides, principals, assistant principals, librarians, and guidance counselors; expenditures for textbooks; and expenditures for students to participate in regional and virtual instructional programs.

School State - Percentage of Expenditures
  2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017
Percentage of fiscal year state
operating expenditures for instructional costs
67.1 66.9 67.2

Sources of Financial Support and Total Per Pupil Expenditures for Operations

Division Per-Pupil Spending

School divisions report annually on expenditures and appropriations to meet each locality’s required local effort in support of the Standards of Quality and local match requirements for incentive and lottery-funded programs. The amount by which school divisions exceed these required minimums varies based on local decisions and circumstances.

Most state support for public education is equalized to reflect each division’s capacity to support the required educational program. The Composite Index of Local Ability-to-Pay determines state and local shares of Standards of Quality costs for each division and local match requirements for incentive and lottery-funded programs. A portion of state sales tax revenues is distributed in support of public education based on school-age population estimates.

The federal government provides assistance to state and local education agencies in support of specific federal initiatives and mandates, such as instructional services for economically disadvantaged students and students with disabilities.

School Division - Per-Pupil Spending
  Local Funding State Federal
2014-201510,428.003,212.00579.00
2015-201610,542.003,252.00606.00
2016-201710,901.003,346.00649.00

Statewide Per-Pupil Spending

The apportionment of the state funds for public education is the responsibility of the General Assembly, through the Appropriations Act. General fund appropriations serve as the mainstay of state support for the commonwealth’s public schools, augmented by retail sales and use tax revenues, state lottery proceeds, and other sources.

Counties, cities and towns comprising school divisions also support public education by providing the locality’s share to maintain an educational program meeting the commonwealth’s Standards of Quality and local match requirements for incentive and lottery-funded programs. .

While public education is primarily a state and local responsibility, the federal government provides assistance to state and local education agencies in support of specific federal initiatives and mandates.

 

State - Per-Pupil Spending
  Local Funding State Federal
2014-20155,950.004,802.00771.00
2015-20166,101.004,831.00812.00
2016-20176,268.005,033.00871.00

Learning Climate

Percent of Students Absent

Percent of Students Absent 2017-2018 School Year:

NOTE TO USERS: THIS DATA AND PRESENTATION ABOVE DO NOT REFLECT THE FORMULA USED TO CALCULATE CHRONIC ABSENTEEISM INDICATORS FOR STATE ACCREDITATION AND ESSA. THIS PRESENTATION WILL BE REVISED WITH THE ADDITION OF ESSA INDICATORS ON DECEMBER 31, 2018.

Daily attendance is critical to success in school. A student is considered chronically absent if he or she misses two or more instructional days per month (18 days, or 10 percent of a 180-day school year) regardless of whether the absences are excused or unexcused. According to the U.S. Department of Education:

  • Children who are chronically absent in preschool, kindergarten, and first grade are much less likely to read on grade level by the third grade.
  • Students who can’t read at grade level by the third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school.
  • By high school, regular attendance is a better dropout indicator than test scores.
  • A student who is chronically absent in any year between the eighth and twelfth grade is seven times more likely to drop out of school.
Absenteeism by Subgroup
2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018
Subgroup 0%-10%10%-15%15%-20%20+% 0%-10%10%-15%15%-20%20+% 0%-10%10%-15%15%-20%20+% 0%-10%10%-15%15%-20%20+%
All Students528267750737131251538101149230107
Female263623244136524513432391262
Male2652054263247727025682531845
American Indian0000000000000000
Asian114411110123310673599232
Black12800111222210242095521
Hispanic1481562158173617817431671633
White122701110640106812112621
Two or more races13001140012120117100
Students with Disabilities9661197854100932105732
Economically Disadvantaged28220742662341126221972742175
English Learners2612163265236728323862832273
Homeless11500131002040113012
LEGEND < = A group below state definition for personally identifiable results
- = No data for group
* = Data not yet available
Unduplicated = Students are able to be in two gap groups

Standards of Accreditation (SOA) Offenses Data

2017-2018 Offenses
  Number of Offenses
Disorderly or Disruptive Behavior Offenses 35
Other Offenses Against Persons <
Offenses Against Student <
LEGEND < = A group below state definition for personally identifiable results
- = No data for group
* = Data not yet available
Unduplicated = Students are able to be in two gap groups

Short Term Suspensions

Short Term Suspensions:

Increasingly, Virginia schools are implementing Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, a nationally-recognized approach to support positive academic and behavioral outcomes for students. This positive approach to discipline prepares teachers and principals to implement new techniques that reduce disruptive student behaviors that lead to suspensions and decrease instructional time.

A short-term suspension (10 days of less) may be imposed by a principal, an assistant principal, or a designee teacher in the principal’s absence. The principal or assistant principal must tell the student of the charges against him or her. If the student denies them, he or she is given an explanation of the facts as known to the school and an opportunity to present his version of what occurred. Notice to the parent may be oral or written, depending on local school board policy, and must include information on the length of the suspension, the availability of community-based educational options, and the student’s right to return to regular school attendance when the suspension period has expired.  A parent may ask for a short-term suspension decision to be reviewed by the superintendent or his designee. Local school board policy will determine whether the superintendent’s decision is final or can be appealed to the local school board. For more information, see A Parent’s Guide To Understanding Student Discipline Policies and Practices In Virginia Schools.

Short Term Suspensions
  2015-20162016-20172017-2018
Subgroup % Population% Short Term Suspensions% Population% Short Term Suspensions% Population% Short Term Suspensions
American Indian0.8996.250.350.367
Asian22.4826.2520.1417.8618.7164
Black20.68312.518.56432.1417.24820
Hispanic31.65531.2534.5012535.41348
Native Hawaiian0.183
White21.58337.522.41717.8624.95428
Two or more races2.6986.254.0287.143.119
LEGEND < = A group below state definition for personally identifiable results
- = No data for group
* = Data not yet available
Unduplicated = Students are able to be in two gap groups

Long Term Suspensions

Long Term Supensions:

Increasingly, Virginia schools are implementing Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, a nationally-recognized approach to support positive academic and behavioral outcomes for students. This positive approach to discipline prepares teachers and principals to implement new techniques that reduce disruptive student behaviors that lead to suspensions and decrease instructional time.

A long-term suspension (more than 10 school days and less than 365 calendar days)  is usually imposed by a disciplinary hearing officer upon recommendation of a principal. The student must be told of the charges against him or her. If the student denies them, he or she is given an explanation of the facts as known to the school and an opportunity to present his or her version of what occurred. Notice to the parent (and child) must be in writing and must include information on the length of and reason for the suspension, the right to a hearing in accordance with local school board policy, the availability of community-based educational options, and the student’s right to return to regular school attendance when the suspension period has expired or to attend an appropriate alternative education program approved by the school board during the suspension or after the suspension period expires. Costs for any community-based educational programs or alternative programs that are not part of the program offered by the school division are the financial responsibility of the parent. A parent has the right to appeal a long-term suspension decision in accordance with local school board policy. The appeal may first go to the local superintendent or his or her designee or to a sub-committee of the local school board; final appeal is to the full school board. The appeal must be decided by the school board within 30 days. For more information, see A Parent’s Guide To Understanding Student Discipline Policies and Practices In Virginia Schools.

Long Term Suspensions
  2015-20162016-20172017-2018
Subgroup % Population% Long Term Suspensions% Population% Long Term Suspensions% Population% Long Term Suspensions
American Indian0.899500.350.367
Asian22.48220.1418.716
Black20.68318.56410017.248
Hispanic31.6555034.50135.413
Native Hawaiian0.183
White21.58322.41724.954
Two or more races2.6984.0283.119
LEGEND < = A group below state definition for personally identifiable results
- = No data for group
* = Data not yet available
Unduplicated = Students are able to be in two gap groups

Expulsions

Expulsions:

Increasingly, Virginia schools are implementing Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, a nationally-recognized approach to support positive academic and behavioral outcomes for students. This positive approach to discipline prepares teachers and principals to implement new techniques that reduce disruptive student behaviors that lead to suspensions and decrease instructional time.

An expulsion (removal from school for 365 calendar days) may only be imposed by a local school board. The student must be told of the charges against him or her. If the student denies them, he or she is given an explanation of the facts as known to the school and an opportunity to present his or her version of what occurred.  The parent (and child) must be noticed in writing of the proposed expulsion, the reasons the expulsion is being proposed, and of the right to a hearing before the school board or a sub-committee of the school board, depending on local policy. If the student is expelled, the parent is sent a written notification of the length of the expulsion and information on the availability of community-based educational, training, and intervention programs. The notice must state whether the student is eligible to return to regular school or to attend an approved alternative education program or an adult education program offered during or after the period of expulsion. The student may apply for readmission to be effective one calendar year from the date of his or her expulsion. For more information, see A Parent’s Guide To Understanding Student Discipline Policies and Practices In Virginia Schools.

Expulsions
  2015-20162016-20172017-2018
Subgroup % Population% Expulsions% Population% Expulsions% Population% Expulsions
American Indian0.8990.350.367
Asian22.48220.1418.716
Black20.68318.56417.248
Hispanic31.65534.50135.413
Native Hawaiian0.183
White21.58322.41724.954
Two or more races2.6984.0283.119
LEGEND < = A group below state definition for personally identifiable results
- = No data for group
* = Data not yet available
Unduplicated = Students are able to be in two gap groups

Free and Reduced Meal Eligibility

Free and Reduced Meal Eligibility:

School divisions that choose to take part in the National School Lunch Program get cash subsidies and donated commodities from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for each meal they serve. In return, they must serve lunches that meet Federal requirements, and they must offer free or reduced-price lunches to eligible children. The School Breakfast Program operates by supporting breakfasts in the same manner as the National School Lunch Program.

 

At the beginning of each school year, letters and meal applications are distributed to households of children attending school. This letter informs households that school nutrition programs are available and that free and reduced-price meals are available based on income criteria. Applications have been eliminated totally in divisions that implement the community eligibility provision for all schools within the division.

Children from families with incomes at or below 130 percent of the poverty level are eligible for free meals. Those between 130 percent and 185 percent of the poverty level are eligible for reduced-price meals, for which students can be charged no more than 40 cents for lunch and 30 cents for breakfast. All other students pay the full price for meals.

See the Virginia Department of Education website for more information about school nutrition programs.

Free and Reduced Meal Eligibility
  2014-20152015-20162016-2017
  PercentagePercentagePercentage
All Students 51.3949.0245.12
LEGEND < = A group below state definition for personally identifiable results
- = No data for group
* = Data not yet available
Unduplicated = Students are able to be in two gap groups

Free and Reduced Breakfast Participation of Eligible Students

Free and Reduced Breakfast Participation of Eligible Students :

The above pie graph displays the average daily percentage of students eligible for free or reduced-price meals who participated in the U.S. Department of Agriculture School Breakfast Program. The School Breakfast Program is a federally assisted meal program that provides nutritious breakfast meals to students. The Virginia Department of Education administers the program at the state level and school divisions administer the program at the local level.

Participation in the School Breakfast Program has been linked increased achievement, reduced absenteeism and tardiness, fewer disciplinary problems, and better student health.

Breakfast menus must provide one-fourth of the daily recommended levels for protein, calcium, iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and calories. Participating schools must serve breakfasts that meet Federal nutrition standards – one quarter of daily recommended levels of protein, calcium, iron, vitamins A and C and calories – and must provide free and reduced-price breakfasts to eligible children.

The No Kid Hungry Virginia campaign and the Virginia 365 Project are key state initiatives to increase participation in school nutrition programs and eliminate childhood hunger.

 

Free and Reduced Breakfast Participation
  2014-20152015-20162016-2017
  PercentagePercentagePercentage
All Students 46.2849.0947.88
LEGEND < = A group below state definition for personally identifiable results
- = No data for group
* = Data not yet available
Unduplicated = Students are able to be in two gap groups

Free and Reduced Lunch Participation of Eligible Students

Free and Reduced Lunch Participation of Eligible Students:

The above pie graph displays the average daily percentage of students eligible for free or reduced-price meals who participated in the U.S. Department of Agriculture School Lunch Program.

School divisions that take part in the National School Lunch Program get cash subsidies and donated food items from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for each meal served. In return, schools must serve lunches that meet federal requirements, and must offer free or reduced-price lunches to eligible children.

Studies show that well-nourished students are better learners. The No Kid Hungry Virginia campaign and the Virginia 365 Project are key state initiatives to increase participation in school nutrition programs and eliminate childhood hunger.

 

Free and Reduced Lunch Participation
  2014-20152015-20162016-2017
  PercentagePercentagePercentage
All Students 84.4685.0983.01
LEGEND < = A group below state definition for personally identifiable results
- = No data for group
* = Data not yet available
Unduplicated = Students are able to be in two gap groups

Teacher Quality

Provisionally Licensed Teachers

Provisionally Licensed Teachers
  2016-20172017-2018
Provisional Special Education2%3%
Provisional9%10%
LEGEND < = A group below state definition for personally identifiable results
- = No data for group
* = Data not yet available

This table reports the percentage of teachers teaching with provisional or provisional special education credentials.

This table provides data on the percentage of classes not taught by teachers meeting the federal definition of highly qualified.

Federal education law defines a highly qualified teacher as a teacher who is fully licensed by the state, has at least a bachelor’s degree, has demonstrated competency in each subject taught, and is teaching in his or her area of endorsement.

Virginia’s licensure regulations – which emphasize content knowledge as well as pedagogy – require new teachers to far exceed the federal highly qualified standard.

Teacher Educational Attainment

Teacher Educational Attainment: 2017-2018

The Virginia Department of Education reports annually on the percentage of teachers with bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate degrees in schools, school divisions, and the state by highest degree earned.

Teacher Educational Attainment
  Bachelor's Degree Master's Degree Doctoral Degree Other
2015-201629%66%0%5%
2016-201742%57%0%1%
2017-201838%62%0%0%
LEGEND < = A group below state definition for personally identifiable results
- = No data for group
* = Data not yet available
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