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All Franklin schools, Riverdale given accreditation-warning status

Published 3:52pm Wednesday, September 26, 2012

COURTLAND—All of the schools in the City of Franklin have been placed on an accreditation warning list, meaning they did not meet all state standards for achievement in English, math, history and science.

Riverdale Elementary School in Southampton County also was placed on the list, according to the Virginia Department of Education.

S.P. Morton Elementary School in Franklin fell below state standards in reading, while J.P. King Middle School and Franklin fell below standards in math.

Math also was the problem area for Riverdale students.

The four schools were among 100 schools out, or five percent, of Virginia’s 1,836 schools to be accredited with warning; 1,714, or 93 percent, are accredited.

A school can receive the accredited with warning classification no more than three consecutive years.

 

 

  • cscj27980

    Why is Riverdale the only school in Southampton County whose students are not performing well in Math?

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    • wiskeymike

      it has a highest percentage of low income/poverty students in the county. A rezone would work good in this situation,send a few to Nottoway.

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      • cscj27980

        Thanks, wiskeymike. I was a student at Hunterdale back in the 1980s…I guess a lot has changed since then because that was such a good school. I teach at a school in NC with over 60% of the students from low income/poverty families; yet, we have made high growth every year in Reading and Math for the past five consecutive years. I will definitely keep an eye on the news to see what the new superintendent for Southampton schools will do.

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  • timeforchange

    “We don’t plan to be on that list again. We are working to get direction from the state on how we should move.” Quote in paper from today (September 28th).

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME? What do we pay you almost $100,000 a year for? What exactly is your job if you aren’t leading our school system and are waiting for the state to give you directions?

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  • nagodwin

    I really wish the author of this article would tell the whole story. I’m sure she does not even know and understand all the parts of getting accredited.

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  • skooch

    What got us into Sol’s to begin with was Students getting Diplomas that couldn’t even spell School. I don’t think that going back to that is the thing to do.
    As usual when the Government tries to fix something they go from one extreme clear to the other. There is never a happy medium so now went from kids that couldn’t add two figures together to a test that no one can pass or even understand.

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  • momto2Js

    No child left behind needs to go? It has done nothing but leave children behind. Richmond and Washington expect everybody to pass everything all the time. Real life does not work that way. Special needs children are expected to pass the test just like regular students. Well, if they could pass the test they wouldn’t need special services to begin with, would they? It’s time teachers took back their classrooms!

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    • momto2Js

      Oops – should have been. No child left behind needs to go!

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  • Natalya

    People need to Stop talking if they have no idea what they are talking about. The kids that never attend classes, don’t do homework, don’t study, don’t listen in class and don’t put anoint into their education are problems that do trace back to home life. You can blame the teachers but they aren’t the ones creating those problems.

    We have students that don’t want to learn, parents that don’t want to be involved and states that push standards and tests that have only harmed education. It is sad that all the blame goes back to teachers. You all are lucky at this point we even still have teachers for all that gets dumped on them.

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  • nascar6

    Excuses, excuses, excuses!
    Teacher hiring standards are the same everywhere.
    Pay changes some per city, but is pay a reason your teacher is not doing their best for your kids? So if the teachers get more money, then you child would get better grades?
    Demographics, is PC for Stupid Kids?…
    Come on people, every school system that has a poor tests number use the same Excuse.
    Is it Race, that certain races performs badly, What a shame you use that excuse for the reason.
    The question is, you are failing or have failed and what are you going to do about it now!

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  • curious

    “Is this the test to test us to see if we are ready to take the re-test of the test that we just took?”

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  • DIESEL

    There is no single reason but here are afew contributing factors.

    1. Franklin has difficulty attracting and keeping good quality teachers. There are many great teachers in the city, but also many that come to get a little experience and move on to greener pastures. If another division offers a better chance at more money and a somewhat lighter workload and workday then they will most often move on. There have been no raises in five years and Franklin is not as financially competitive with its teachers salaries. Dont underestimate the value of experienced teachers.

    2. Demographics. Franklin has a high percentage of low income/poverty families for its size. It is a fact these children are more challenging to reach because of lack of a quality, supportive home life.

    3. Class sizes are always increasing and resources are constantly decreasing. There is a shortage of special ed. teachers to help teachers in the classroom with the lowest children…spread very thin in certain areas.

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  • sparechange

    Sad, but not surprising. Demographics is probably a large reason. Note: Lousy headline..should say schools put on accredidation warning list.

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  • antball89

    this article is not clear to me because it does not state what issues Franklin High had

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  • alw

    So……… out of all the other areas, demographics aren’t factors? Could you be more specific please! What is it about the demographics in this area that is so different then other areas across Va.

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  • hellcat

    I’m afraid this can’t be blamed on the superintendent, the school board, or the teachers. It’s demographics. If the parents don’t give a rip, their kids won’t, either.

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  • alw

    “The four schools were among 100 schools out, or five percent, of Virginia’s 1,836 schools to be accredited with warning; 1,714, or 93 percent, are accredited.”

    People need to be held accountable……. and it starts at the top. Stop blaming SOL’s and teaching style changes! 93% are accredited. The 5% that failed to meet/exceed standards, failed our children collectively. Leadership starts at the top. I’m more concerned with how they plan to correct this issue before it becomes a trend.

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  • SlimPickens

    I have always wondered who decides what my children should be learning. (due to no child left behind and the implementation of the SOL’s which is driving this all). I suspect it is one of those jobs the Gov simply appoints this lady, that guy, whoever. What makes them so smart as to be able to make this complex decision? I say we should go back to the “old days” where Teachers taught according to the text books and you either pass or fail. Now days we have so many ineffective teachers the Dept. of Education needed to develop a plan to Protect ineffective Teachers, keeping them employed while they should have been fired instead of simply firing those who can’t cut it, hence we are now dealing with No Child left Behind where teachers “teach the test” for the entire semester then hope for the best. We can forget getting Parents(?) to be more involved or responsible and no one has the cajonies to stand their ground and say “This is the problem” now how do we fix it?

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  • celticgirl89

    Maybe the high school needs to worry less about a STRICT Homecoming Dress code and put more effort in the job they went to school for. After having children attend High School in 4 different school systems in 3 different state I must say THIS is the WORST High School we have been too!

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  • happy2

    Well put Love2Teach, teachers need to teach, I think we need to go back in time and get back to basics. The testing has gone crazy and that is all the state in all the states want anymore. Children of all ages want to learn, it should be fun and interesting. Right now all it is is pass this and do this and do not enjoy anything. Thank you state and federal government. I would not want to go back to school for nothing.

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    • itlady

      Lets get back to basics, let the good teachers teach and not be forced by the SOL test…..that is all I have heard from teachers is…… got to teach by the SOL standards…apparently there are alot of us good human beings out here that where not taught by the SOL and we are doing fine and making a living. Some of us are the kitchen table with our kids doing homework at night and trying to parent our kids and not letting the school system be a babysitting service………Parents need to take on a little more also.

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  • idk

    Well put love to teach…. I think the pace of the students should be up to the teacher only

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  • Love2Teach

    Mileomore-I couldn’t agree with you more about the parents. At some point when do they take some of the responsibilty??
    My question is why are the people in the offices telling the teachers what to do and how to teach when they haven’t been in the classroom for years??? What do they know about the kids in classroom these days? I have been a teacher for 10 years and I know they are a lot different then when I was in school. If they would just LET THE TEACHERS TEACH!!! Teachers are so stressed about pre- testing and retesting and all this nonsense that they can’t do what they went to school for and what they are passionate about. Teachers don’t teach for the money, they do it because they love kids and want to make a difference, but how can they when they are testing all of the time?

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  • idk

    Children don’t get to learn anymore, because they are being prepared for the S.O.L test. Throw that system out of the window

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    • vikkime434

      I agree 100%. Children are being taught how to best take a test and getting answers by process of elimination instead of being taught the material. Things that should be taught but aren’t going to be on the test aren’t taught. I remember the teachers saying “if we have time after SOLs we’ll go over that material”. Children need to learn and I understand the reason behind the tests but they are hindering instead of assessing.

      What exactly happens when a school loses their accreditation?

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  • mileomore

    If this does not make the Franklin City Public School Board sit up straight and take notice, then what in the world will? @happy2 – you are so right when you say that the teachers are working hard to correct this. Most of them are – and, they work long hours and with very little appreciation, especially from the top! From the way I view it, there are two very real problems that need to be addressed here. #1) PARENTS – They need to be held more accountable for taking responsibility in rearing their own children. They should not expect for the state, city, or anyone else for that matter, to do things for their children that they are not doing themselves. PARENTS HAVE GOT TO BE PART OF THE SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM… OR, THEY ARE THE PROBLEM! #2) THE SUPERINTENDENT – let’s face it… the buck stops with the person at the top, and apparently she is NOT getting the job done! How long are we going to give her to make a difference? The lady does not even think enough of our city to move her family here… so, what does that tell you? We are only a pay check for her, and the buck does indeed need to stop here! Wake up!! Were are spiraling downward very quickly, and it will likely take us years to recover!

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  • happy2

    The teachers are the ones working so very hard to correct this, cannot say the same for Ms.Belle, this is not news to most parents we already new, but to hear Belle talk about it she doesn’t seem to care or even phased by it, go figure. As long as she gets her car allowance and her paycheck she is just fine. This will continue as long as she is the leader. I cannot understand why it is taking this community so long to get up and take our schools back? Why let it continue? It is only going to get worse!

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  • skooch

    These educated idiots in Richmond need to look at this Math test thing. When you have Students passing one year and then failing the next year it doesn’t take much to figure out there is something wrong with the the test changes.

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    • gunner58

      I agree about the math scores. I’ve read several news articles from across the state about the problems with those tests this year. Apparently, they were too long and had some technical difficulties.

      Many schools had to rely on their 3 year averages to make accreditation. I hope that the state gets its act together soon.

      I always question if there is a hidden agenda to undermine public schools.

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      • Timberlake

        There is no one reason the Franklin schools are failing, everybody is right. However, the school board will be held accountable and better start working on some big ideas NOW to be implemented SOON or the VDOE will intervene and step right over our local authorities.I don’t know if it has ever occured where all schools in a district have failed.

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      • SandMan

        I always question if there is a hidden agenda to undermine public schools.

        You’re kidding me, right?

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