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Two Schools Face Scrutiny for Underperformance

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Scottsville and Woodbrook Elementary Schools haven't been performing well, and now they are under state scrutiny.

Those two schools in Albemarle County did not make the grade, according to results released Tuesday by the Virginia Department of Education, so the state will keep a close eye on them.

The schools now fall into the category of "focus schools" because they do not meet the benchmarks on state standardized tests. Both Woodbrook and Scottsville had gaps in math with economically disadvantaged students and students with limited English proficiency. Scottsville also had problems in math with African-American students.

Now the schools will focus on improving student performance.

"We will use existing federal funds to hire an outside coaching consultant to come in and work with those schools and improving the curriculum and improving the instructional methods," said Phil Giaramita, public affairs and strategic communications officer for Albemarle County Public Schools.

The two schools will also have to report their progress to the state more frequently throughout the year.

Students in the rest of Albemarle County's schools did exceed 75 percent of the benchmarks, but a county spokesperson says the goal is for every student to meet high expectations so there is some more work that needs to be done.

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