Two Alleghany County schools see impressive improvement in SOL scores

The schools’ SOL scores outperformed others across the Commonwealth

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LOW MOOR, Va. – Two Alleghany schools have made impressive gains in their testing scores.

Sharon Elementary School and Edgemont Primary School (now Jeter-Watson Elementary School) outperformed schools across the state in Standards of Learning (SOL) score gains.

Sharon Elementary saw SOL rates jump by 13 points in the last three-year period.

Both Sharon and Edgemont showed gains in overall scores, leading the state. They also topped the list of schools in the Comprehensive Instructional Program (CIP).

The CIP is a group of about 300 Virginia public schools working together, sharing ideas and practices to improve student success.

Sharon and Edgemont were in the only 12 schools in the CIP that saw an improvement in test scores.

The two schools showed this improvement while facing the challenge of learning loss in the pandemic.

“It was just a total team effort between the administrators, the teachers, students, community members, librarians, businesses, and even the Virginia Department of Health,” said Ty Dobbs, Sharon Elementary Principal. “The teachers kept open lines of communications with the kids. The kids did their part. The parents did their part. Everybody just worked together throughout that time.”

Both Dobbs and Edgemont Principal Cynthia Morgan shared methods and strategies for success at their schools with other CIP schools.

“We are immeasurably proud of all the students and staff of Alleghany Highlands Public Schools, including those associated with these fantastic gains,” said Superintendent Kim Halterman. “We know our community works hard to support each other and believe in each other, and simply put, that good attitude matters.”

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