Goochland Fully Accredited, Top 3 in Region

From today’s Press Release:

Goochland was one of 22 school divisions of the 132 in Virginia to have 100% of its schools earn full state accreditation.  This compares to 36 such school divisions last year and 87 the year before, during which both years Goochland maintained full accreditation.

“I’m so proud of our results,” said James Lane, Goochland superintendent. “Our school community has worked diligently and focused on the right things. This accreditation validates our focus on maximizing every learner’s potential.”

Goochland is in the top 3 regionally in all core academic areas (reading, writing, mathematics, science, and history) based on overall achievement as measured by the state’s SOL tests in grades 3-12.  For a second consecutive year, Goochland was #1 regionally in writing achievement. The division is especially proud of this recognition.

“Writing is the only one of the state testing areas that requires students to think critically and demonstrate understanding through the development of an original  product, “ explained Stephen Geyer, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction. “In this case it’s a piece of writing. All other state assessments are generally multiple-choice in nature.”

Goochland also finished in the top 3 in all areas when compared with the top 10 highest funded school divisions in Virginia (based on per pupil expenditure).  Goochland’s per pupil expenditure ranks the division 57th of 132 in spending in the state.  More specifically, Goochland’s state ranks in achievement and per pupil expenditure are as follows:

 Area: State Rank: Percentage:

  •  Reading 13th Top 9.8%
  •  Writing 7th Top 5.3%
  •  Math 9th Top 6.8%
  •  History 19th Top 14.4%
  •  Science 16th Top 12.1%
  •  Per Pupil Expenditure 57th Top 43.2%

Advance Placement (AP) results are also on the rise at Goochland High School.  Sixty-seven percent of students tested received a score of 3 or higher during the 2013-14 school year.  That’s up from 55% the year before and 33% the year before that.  Goochland’s 67% “AP pass rate” is higher than both the state (65%) and global (61%) “pass rate.”

Finally, Goochland High School’s graduation rate is 95%, far outpacing the state and regional graduation rate, as well as the benchmark for state and federal accreditation.