Dear Parent or Guardian:
We are pleased to provide you with the 18th Annual School Report Card, which contains information about your child's school. Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) publishes annual school report cards to aid you in assessing the many aspects of your child's school and for evaluating success over time.
As in previous years, each report card contains information about student and staff characteristics, perceptions of educational quality, attendance, school performance, and progress toward meeting state and federal accountability requirements. We continue to place an emphasis on student outcomes which extend beyond the traditional Standards of Learning assessment results. In the school report cards, we include information that would not be found elsewhere, such as results from the ACT, SAT, College and Work Readiness Assessment (CWRA+), the Preliminary SAT (PSAT), Reading Inventory (RI), and the Integrated Performance Task (IPT). These assessments are aligned with our strategic framework, Compass to 2020, which focuses on ensuring that every child is challenged and supported to reach his or her full potential. As always, the Standards of Learning information for your child's school can still be found on the Virginia Department of Education website.
Compass to 2020 is an ambitious strategic framework, and we are committed to the continuous improvement of our schools to ensure that our students graduate with globally competitive skills. This kind of tireless commitment highlights the vision of VBCPS and has led to a number of accomplishments and public accolades. For example, of the seven divisions in Hampton Roads, VBCPS is the only one to have all of its high schools make The Washington Post’s list of most challenging high schools. The school division also had 11 schools earn one of Governor Terry McAuliffe and the State Board of Education’s Virginia Index of Performance awards which are given to schools that exceed state and federal accountability guidelines as well as achieve the excellence goals established by the Governor and the Board. Additionally, the school division was awarded the title “District of Distinction” by District Administration magazine in regards to its work in sustainability and creating 21st century learning environments for students.
Maintaining our school division's focus on continuous improvement depends on the support of students, teachers, staff, community, and family members like you. We hope that you will continue to help us succeed through your commitment to your child's education and by taking an active role at your child's school.
If you have any questions about the contents of a specific school report card, please contact the school's principal or the Department of Planning, Innovation, and Accountability at 757.263.1199.
Aaron C. Spence, Ed.D.