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Five Fairfax schools earn three-year state accreditation for high-performance

Five Fairfax County schools have qualified for three-year accreditation waivers from the Virginia Department of Education for high-performance on state mandated exams.

Virginia Superintendent for Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright announced in a statement Tuesday that Haycock, Westbriar and Wolftrap elementary schools; Rachel Carson Middle School and the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology qualified for the waivers. All five schools earned pass rates of 95 percent or above on the four Standards of Learning tests for the past two school years.

The waivers may allow the schools to skip local benchmark tests, Wright said in the statement. If they accept the waivers, the schools will remain accredited by the state through the 2015-2016 school year.

Haycock, Westbriar and Carson have advanced academic centers and host magnet programs for gifted and talented students. Wolftrap has a similar program for students at the school. Thomas Jefferson is an elite regional math and science magnet school that attracts many of the brightest students in Northern Virginia.

T. Rees Shapiro is an education reporter.

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