School staff including Director of Instruction, Technology, and Testing, Ross Miller and Director of Secondary Instruction, Nate Collins, as well as School Superintendent Dr. Robert Richardson, comment on the NKCPS accreditation.

Only one school out of the four local divisions did not receive the Commonwealth's status of fully accredited based on the 2012-13 Standards of Learning (SOL) results recently released.

King William, New Kent, and West Point schools join 36 of Virginia's 132 school divisions to reach full accreditation, according to the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE).

King and Queen County's two elementary schools both achieved full accreditation, while the high school missed the mark in the subject of mathematics.

Central High School received a rating of "Accredited with Warning."

According to the VDOE, schools that are accredited with warning undergo academic reviews and are required to adopt and implement school improvement plans.

Schools with a warning in English and/or math are also required to adopt instructional programs that the VDOE claims are proven by research to be effective in raising achievement in these subjects.

"Again, I say that this is one measure of many measures of success," said King and Queen Superintendent of Schools Dr. Stanley Jones. "Overall the results are pretty good. We are not where we want to be, but we are making progress in that direction."

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Central High School (CHS) is one of 395 schools in the Commonwealth accredited with a warning.

According to the 2013-14 results released September 20, CHS scored an 81 in English, a 63 in mathematics, a 75 in history, and a 72 in science.

CHS received a provisional rating for its graduation and completion index (GCI).

A GCI of at least 85 is required for full accreditation and CHS scored an 84.

According to the VDOE, high schools are eligible for a provisional rating until 2015-16. After that, the schools with a GCI of less than 85 will be accredited with warning and must undergo an academic review.

King and Queen Elementary School scored an 84 in English, 74 in math, 84 in history, and 83 in science.

Lawson-Marriott Elementary School received a 75 in English, 71 in math, an 80 in history, and a 76 science.

Dr. Stanley Jones said the school division is not only focusing on preparing its students academically, but socially as well.

Teaching a child to grow up to be a good citizen is just as good as a good test score, he explained.

But he is optimistic about the division's future academically.

"It won't happen over night," Stanley Jones said. "I think with the right leadership and support from the community, we will continue to get better."

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