All Martinsville Schools Reaccredited

September 22, 2022

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has once again reaffirmed that students in Martinsville City Public Schools (MCPS) continue to receive an educational experience of the highest quality. All Martinsville City schools have been reaccredited for the 2022-2023 school year, according to accreditation ratings released by the VDOE on Sept. 22. All Martinsville schools have been fully accredited since 2018.

Accreditation is determined by a number of school quality indicators which are based on state and federal benchmarks. These indicators are a measure of proficiency and growth in math, English, and science. They also account for achievement gaps in English and math, chronic absenteeism, and, at the high school level, graduation and completion rates, dropout rates, and college, career, and civic readiness.

To achieve accredited status, a school must attain Level One or Level Two on each of its school quality indicators or must be in a triennial accreditation period due to consistent past high performance.

Though two schools, Albert Harris and Martinsville High, each had one quality indictor rated at Level Three, each of these schools is designated for triennial reaccreditation and is working diligently to attain a rating of Level Two or higher across all areas. Both schools were recognized by VDOE with Board of Education Continuous Improvement Awards in 2020. Martinsville High School also received the same recognition in 2019.

Clearview Early Learning Center (CELC) does not qualify for accreditation by VDOE.

“We are very proud of the hard work of teachers, staff, and students,” said MCPS Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Dr. Angilee Downing. “The pandemic presented many challenges with closures, remote learning, and subsequent learning loss. Our focus on acceleration of student learning to close those gaps resulted in huge gains for our students and schools.”

Schools Superintendent Dr. Zebedee Talley also commended the diligence of MCPS students, staff, and families.

“Our students continue to excel in all phases of their educational experiences for consecutive years,” Talley said. “This is the result of hard work from students, families, teachers, administrators, support staff, school board members, and community leaders. Students at Martinsville City Public Schools are receiving a first-class education. I am so proud of the strong academic and athletic legacy of our division. This atmosphere of excellence will continue throughout future years!”