Annual School Report Cards

Dear Parents and Guardians:

We are pleased to provide you with the 21st annual school report card, Campus Compass, 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, and school performance. We continue to place an emphasis on student outcomes which extend beyond the traditional Standards of Learning assessment results. The annual school report card was redesigned in fall 2016 to align directly with our strategic framework, Compass to 2020, and provides data related to each of the four goal areas: high academic expectations, multiple pathways for students, social-emotional development, and a culture of growth and excellence within the school division.

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, including being named by the School Superintendents Association (AASA) as one of the nation's top 25 school divisions in the country for innovation. This honor for VBCPS is the latest in a string of successes. For example, VBCPS is the only school division in Southside Hampton Roads where 100 percent of VBCPS testing schools earned full accreditation for the second consecutive year; VBCPS has more students enrolling and excelling in Advanced Placement (AP) courses than ever before; and, the Class of 2018 was offered a record-high amount of college scholarships. VBCPS also reached an all-time high graduation rate and its lowest-ever dropout rate, which not only set division records but were also better than the rates for the state of Virginia. Additionally, Virginia's Governor and the State Board of Education continued to recognize the division and 22 of its schools with Virginia Index of Performance Awards for exceeding state and federal accountability guidelines as well as achieving the excellence goals. VBCPS also is now a 1:1 school division with a laptop available for every student in grades 1 to 12 in the city to help extend their learning.

We could not accomplish these achievements without all of you - our students, teachers, staff, community, and family members. 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 Office of Planning, Innovation and Accountability at 757.263.1199.

Aaron C. Spence, Ed.D.