Loudoun County Public Schools, Virginia

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Loudoun County Public Schools is one of 40 school districts in Virginia. The district had 65,606 students in the 2011-12 school year.[1]

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Virginia school district websites

This website was reviewed on March 6th, 2013.

The good

  • School board members are listed with contact information.[2]
  • Meeting agendas are archived for five years.[3]
  • Bids and contracts are posted.[4] Salary schedules are also posted.[5]
  • Background check and fingerprinting policies are posted.[6][7]
  • Heads of administrative departments are listed along with phone numbers.[8] The Superintendent's email is posted. [9]
  • The current budget is posted, and budgets are archived for four years.[10]
  • Both CAFRs and audits of federal awards programs are available, both of which are archived for at least three years. [11]
  • A public records contact official is listed, along with instructions on how to submit a public records request.[12][13]
  • Local tax rates and related information are posted in the budget.[14]
  • Academic performance reports (including information on standardized test scores and graduation rates) are included in the budgets. [15]

The bad

  • Some administrative officials' emails are not listed.

School Board

The Loudoun County School Board is comprised of eight members representing the county election districts and one at-large member representing all districts.[16]

2011 School Board[17]
Name District
John Stevens (Chair) Potomac
Thomas E. Reed At-large
Priscilla B. Godfrey (Vice Chair) Blue Ridge
Bob Ohneiser Broad Run
Catoctin
Robert F. DuPree Dulles
Tom Marshall Leesburg
Brenda Sheridan Sterling
Dr. Joseph M. Guzman Sugarland Run

The current division superintendent is Dr. Edgar B. Hatrick.[18]

Budget

Loudon County Public Schools publishes its annual budget on its website.[19]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2013-2014 $492,207,930 58.3% $303,342,968 36% $23,276,651 2.8% $0 0% $24,844,903 2.9% $843,672,450
Averages: $492,207,930 58% $303,342,968 36% $23,276,651 3% $0 0% $24,844,903 3% $843,672,450

Academic Performance

The Commonwealth of Virginia assesses schools based on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and other statewide assessments; schools receive two accountability ratings a year based on student performance on these assessments. SOL tests assess student performance in English, math, science and history. Ratings are also given based on school and school division adherence to the goals of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which requires 100 percent proficiency in reading and mathematics by 2014.

School's state accreditation is based on performance in English, history, mathematics and science.

Schools and school divisions, as well as the State, are rated as achieving Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) if they meet or exceed annual benchmarks in reading and mathematics.[20]

2010-11

Subject assessments

While the student body as a whole met math and English assessment goals for AYP, certain subgroups did not, meaning Loudoun did not meet AYP for 2010-11.[1]

Assessment Results[1]
Subject % Passed in 2008-09 % Passed in 2009-10 % Passed in 2010-11
English 93% 94% 92%
Math 90% 91% 89%
Writing 93% 94% 95%
History 92% 93% 91
Science 92% 93% 94%

Graduation/dropout rate

Loudoun's federal four-year graduation rate was 91%. The dropout rate was .46% in 2009-10.[1]

2009-10

Loudoun County Public School Division made AYP for the 2009-2010 school year.[21]

Statistics for the 20 largest schools in the division are tabulated below.

School Grade Enrollment Made Adequate Yearly

Progress for 2009?

Belmont Ridge Middle 6 - 8 1,229 Yes
Blue Ridge Middle 6 - 7 1,231 No
Briar Woods High 9 – 12, PG 1,405 Yes
Broad Run High 9 – 12, PG 1,603 Yes
Dominion High Pre-K, 9 – 12, PG 1299 Yes
Eagle Ridge Middle 6 - 8 1,059 Yes
Farmwell Station Middle 6 - 8 1,169 No
Freedom High 9 – 12, PG 1,605 Yes
Harmony Intermediate 8 – 9 1,215 Yes
Heritage High Pre-K, 9 – 12, PG 1,898 Yes
John W. Tolbert Jr. Elementary Pre-K - 5 959 No
Loudoun County High Pre-K, 9 – 12, PG 1,554 Yes
Loudoun Valley High 10 – 12, PG 1,659 Yes
Mercer Middle 6 - 8 1,228 No
Park View High 9 – 12, PG 1,270 No
Potomac Falls High 9 – 12, PG 1,538 Yes
River Bend Middle 6 - 8 1,143 No
Seldens Landing Elementary Pre-K - 5 989 Yes
Stone Bridge High 9 – 12, PG 1,956 Yes
Stone Hill Middle 6 - 8 1,050 Yes

School Choice

Virginia passed its initial charter school law in 1998, revising it in 2002, 2004, and 2010 to ensure fair and accurate review of charter school applications. In 2009, Governor Kaine removed caps on the number of charter schools permitted in the state. The most recent changes were approved under HB 1390 and SB 736B, the latter of which incorporates a new type of charter schools called the College Partnership, which will include teacher education programs

Currently, Virginia has three charter schools in operation. Located in Albemarle County, the Community Public Charter School, which opened in 2008, offers an art-based curriculum for struggling sixth-grade students. The Murray High School charter school, also located in Albermarle County, serves at-risk students in grade 9-12. The York River Academy, which focuses on educating students for careers in computers and technology, is located in York County.

A third charter school, the Patrick Henry School of Science and Arts, is scheduled to open in Richmond County in summer 2010.

Following a School Board public hearing on October 24, 2000, Loudoun County Public Schools adopted a resolution to accept Charter School applications on December 12, 2000.[22]

Charter schools meet the public school choice options required of school districts by the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

The Commonwealth of Virginia created the Virginia Charter School Resource Center to assist in encouraging the charter school movement in the State.[23][24][25]

Unions

The Virginia Education Association (VEA) is the teachers union for the Commonwealth of Virginia.[26] The VEA is affiliated with the National Education Association (NEA).[27] Loudoun County is also represented locally by the Loudoun Education Association, a branch of the VEA.[28]

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Virginia Department of Education "Report Card," Accessed December 5, 2011
  2. LCPS "School Board Members," Accessed March 6th, 2013
  3. LCPS "Board Documents," Accessed March 6th, 2013
  4. LCPS "Purchasing," Accessed March 6th, 2013
  5. Salary Schedules Accessed March 6th, 2013
  6. LCPS "Personnel Policies," Accessed March 6th, 2013
  7. Background Check, Accessed March 6th, 2013
  8. LCPS "Directory," Accessed March 6th, 2013
  9. Superintendent Accessed March 6th, 2013
  10. LCPS "Budget Information," Accessed March 6th, 2013
  11. LCPS "Business and Financial Services," Accessed March 6th, 2013
  12. VFOIA Accessed March 6th,2013
  13. Public Information Accessed March 6th 2013
  14. 2013 Budget Accessed March 6th, 2013
  15. Academic Reports Accessed March 6th 2013
  16. ‘Loudoun County Public Schools’, School Board, June 30, 2010
  17. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named cc
  18. LCPS "Superintendent," Accessed December 5, 2011
  19. Loudon County Public Schools, "Business & Financial Services," Accessed November 27, 2013
  20. 'Virginia Department of Education', School Report Card Accountability Guide, June 14, 2010
  21. ‘Virginia Department of Education’, Loudoun County Public Schools, June 30, 2010
  22. ‘Loudoun County Public Schools’, Charter School Information, June 30, 2010
  23. 'Virginia Charter School Resource Center', June 10, 2010
  24. 'General Assembly of Virginia Bill Tracking', Chapter 530, June 10, 2010
  25. 'Charter School Legislation', June 10, 2010
  26. 'Virginia Education Association', June 10, 2010
  27. 'National Education Association', June 10, 2010
  28. 'Loudoun Education Association', June 30, 2010