School Improvement


Title I Schools may be identified for various designations of school improvement if they do not meet the Annual Measureable Objectives in reading and/or math in one or more identified subgroups as detailed in the ESEA No Child Left Behind flexibility waiver.  Bedford County Schools identified with the designation of Title I School in Improvement or Focus school are working diligently, in conjunction with school division staff, to improve academic achievement through research-based practices and interventions and improved parental involvement and education.

The Office of School Improvement at the Virginia Department of Education also assists schools not meeting the annual measurable objectives of Virginia’s federal No Child Left Behind flexibility waiver. These schools are as follows:
  • Priority schools – identified based on overall student performance in reading and mathematics, including graduation rates in the case of high schools.  Five percent of Virginia’s Title I schools (36) are identified as priority schools.
  • Focus schools – identified based on the reading and mathematics performance of students in three “proficiency gap groups” comprising students who historically have had difficulty meeting the state’s achievement standards. Ten percent of Virginia’s Title I schools (72) are identified as focus schools.
    • Proficiency Gap Group 1 – Students with disabilities, English language learners and economically disadvantaged students, regardless of race and ethnicity
    • Proficiency Gap Group 2 – African-American students, not of Hispanic origin, including those also counted in Proficiency Gap Group 1
    • Proficiency Gap Group 3 – Hispanic students, of one or more races, including those also counted in Proficiency Gap Group 1
  • Title I and Non-Title I schools not meeting one or more federal annual measurable objective are required to develop a one-year School Improvement Plan


Virginia's ESEA Flexibility Waiver Information


Revised Annual Measurable Objectives (AMO)

AMO Frequently Asked Questions

Accountability and Virginia's Public Schools 2013-2014

BCPS School Report Cards

School Improvement Information 2011-12
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