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Education Notebok 11/19/03

Most Schools Accredited

<bt>Ninety-one percent of Fairfax County public schools earned full accreditation from the Virginia Department of Education, based on results from the 2002-03 Standards of Learning (SOL) tests, up from 89 percent in 2001-02. Statewide, 78 percent of schools earned full accreditation.

A total of 168 schools in Fairfax County are fully accredited; four are provisionally accredited, or meets state standards; 10 are provisionally accredited, or needs improvement; and two are accredited with warning. The Fairfax County Public Schools figures include alternative schools.

Sixteen schools, five of which are Project Excel schools, achieved a 100 percent accreditation pass rate in at least one core area. Of the 22 Project Excel schools, 12 are now fully accredited. Three of the Project Excel schools are provisionally accredited and seven are provisionally accredited.

All general education middle and high schools are fully accredited, with the exception of Mount Vernon High, which is provisionally accredited.

For more details, visit the school system's Web site at www.fcps.edu and click on news releases.

<sh>FCPS Events Calendar

<bt>Wednesday, Nov. 19, 5:30 p.m.

High school principals reception. Burkholder Center, 10700 Page Ave., Fairfax.

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 7 p.m.

* Human Relations Advisory Committee meeting. Burkholder Center, 10700 Page Ave., Fairfax.

* School Health Advisory Committee meeting, Devonshire Center, 2831 Graham Road, Falls Church.

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 8:30 p.m.

Adult and Community Education Advisory Committee. Woodson High School, 9525 Main St., Fairfax.

Thursday, Nov. 20, 8 a.m.

Professional Technical Studies Advisory Committee meeting. West Potomac High School Academy, 6500 Quander Road, Alexandria.

Thursday, Nov. 20, 5:30 p.m.

Middle school principals reception. Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church.

Thursday, Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m.

School Board regular meeting. Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church.

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Two-hour early dismissal for all schools.

Thursday, Nov. 27-Friday, Nov. 28

Thanksgiving holiday, schools closed.