More than 80 percent of Virginia public schools are fully accredited according to a Virginia Department of Education news release.
Eighty-one percent, which is 1,482 out of Virginia's 1,825 public schools are fully accredited for 2016-17 which is a three percent increase over 2015-16.
For a school to gain full accreditation, students must have adjusted pass rates of at least 75 percent on English reading and writing Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and at least 70 percent on assessments in math, science, and history.
High schools need to meet a benchmark for graduation and completion as well. Accreditation ratings also may reflect an average of achievement over several years.
Dickenson County, Norton City, Russell County, Scott County, Washington County, and Wise County all achieved full accreditation. Pennington Middle was partially accredited and warned about pass rates.