Full State Accreditation

All Hanover County Public Schools Achieve Full State Accreditation
Posted on 10/01/2018

ASHLAND, Va. – Hanover County Public Schools (HCPS) is happy to announce that all schools have achieved full accreditation by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) based upon results during the 2017–2018 school year. HCPS is one of the largest school divisions in the Commonwealth to experience this level of success at all of its schools.

Students exceeded all of the Standards of Learning (SOL) benchmarks set by the VDOE in English, math, history, and science, as well as met or exceeded the state average on 27 out of 29 SOL tests. 

Hanover’s student performance ranks highly in the state in all five subject areas. For the third year in a row, students earned the highest pass rate in math among the fifteen largest school divisions in the Commonwealth. 

Again this year, HCPS far exceeded the graduation benchmark at all four high schools with a 95.2 percent graduation rate, which is a slight increase over last year. The division’s dropout rate continues to remain low at 2.6 percent. 

Dr. Michael B. Gill, superintendent of schools, said, “I am proud of the hard work and dedication exhibited by our students, faculty, and staff. Their efforts, combined with the strong and sustained support of our families, school board, and community partners are vital to our mission and continued success. While we celebrate our accomplishments, we are acutely aware that test scores alone do not measure the success or worth of a student, teacher, school, or division. The new Standards of Accreditation introduced this year reflect this, which is a welcome change. As always, our primary focus remains upon meeting the unique needs of every student to further close achievement gaps and help every student reach their fullest potential.”

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