- About 89% of schools earned full accreditation, according to numbers released by the Virginia Department of Education.
- The percentage shows a three-point loss for the public school system compared to data prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Though a large majority of schools are meeting these standards, the governor and the department warned that the standards have been lowered and accreditation has been made easier in recent years.
“[The] accreditation ratings do not reflect catastrophic learning loss and growing achievement gaps facing Virginia’s students,” Youngkin said. “This broken accountability system fails to provide a clear picture of the academic achievement and progress of our schools to parents, teachers, and local school divisions.”