Dear Parent or Guardian:
We are pleased to provide you with the 17th 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 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 ReadiStep Assessment, the College and Work Readiness Assessment (CWRA+), the Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI), and the Integrated Performance Task (IPT). These assessments are aligned with our strategic plan, which focuses on teaching and assessing 21st century skills. 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 2015 is an ambitious strategic plan and we are committed to the continuous improvement of our schools to ensure that our students graduate with the skills needed to succeed as 21st century learners, workers and citizens. This kind of tireless commitment highlights the vision of VBCPS and has led to a number of accomplishments and accolades. For example, the school division has been recognized by the College Board for continuing to increase the number of students taking rigorous Advanced Placement (AP) courses and also earning qualifying scores on AP exams. In addition, our high schools have been consistently listed and highly ranked with other top-performing schools across the nation by The Washington Post, U.S. News, and The Daily Beast. Finally, since the inception of the strategic plan, the percent of our students who graduate on time from high school has increased, while the corresponding dropout rate has also decreased.
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.