RICHMOND (AP) -- Virginia education officials say 68 percent of the state's public schools met new annual benchmarks in reading, mathematics and graduation.

The state Department of Education on Wednesday released results of the objectives aimed at reducing proficiency gaps between low-performing and high-performing schools.

The annual measurable objectives replace the adequate yearly progress targets of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. In June, the state received a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education for certain provisions of the federal law. The numbers are based on the performance on state standardized tests.

Based on the new 'ambitious but achievable' benchmarks, education officials are directing 485 schools, including many in Hampton Roads, to develop and implement 'Improvement plans' to raise achievement levels for certain races and other subgroups such as economically disadvantaged students and students with disabilities.

'Focus' schools must employ a state-approved coach to help develop, implement and monitor intervention strategies to improve student performance.

'Priority' schools must engage state-approved turnaround partners to help design and implement school-reform models meeting state and federal requirements.

Accomack County
Gloucester County
Surry County
West Point
Surry County

'FOCUS' Schools:
Franklin: S.P. Morton Elementary
Greensville County: Greensville Elementary
Hampton: Alfred S. Forrest Elementary, Cesar Tarrant Elementary, John B. Cary Elementary
Newport News: Carver Elementary, L.F. Palmer Elementary and Magruder Elementary
Norfolk: Jacox Elementary, Lafayette-Winona Middle, P.B. Young Sr. Elementary and Sherwood Forest Elementary
Northampton County: Occohannock Elementary

'Priority' Schools:
Hampton: Jane H. Bryan Elementary
Newport News: Newsome Park Elementary, Sedgefield Elementary
Norfolk: Lake Taylor Middle, Lindenwood Elementary, Tidewater Park Elementary and William H. Ruffner Middle
Northampton County: Kiptopeke Elementary, Northampton High

'Improvement' Plan Required
Accomack County: Arcadia High, Arcadia Middle, Nandua Middle
Chesapeake: Deep Creek High, Grassfield High, Indian River High and Oscar F. Smith High
Franklin: Franklin High Franklin County: Franklin County High
Hampton: Benjamin Syms Middle, Booker Elementary, C. Alton Lindsay Middle, Captain John Smith Elementary, George P. Phenix Elementary, Hampton High, Hunter B. Andrews PK-8 School, Jefferson Davis Middle, Kecoughtan High, Paul Burbank Elementary, Phoebus High, Samuel P. Langley Elementary, Thomas Eaton Middle and Tucker-Capps Elementary
Isle of Wight County: Smithfield High
New Kent County: New Kent Middle
Newport News: Achievable Dream Academy, B.C. Charles Elementary, Crittenden Middle, David A. Dutrow Elementary, Denbigh High, Ethel M. Gildersleeve Middle, General Stanford Elementary, George J. McIntosh Elementary, Heritage High, Hidenwood Elementary, Homer L. Hines Middle, Horace H. Epes Elementary, Huntington Middle, J.M. Dozier Middle, Joseph H. Saunders Elementary, Lee Hall Elementary, Mary Passage Middle, Menchville High, Richard T. Yates Elementary, Richneck Elementary, T. Ryland Sanford Elementary and Willis A. Jenkins Elementary Norfolk: Azalea Gardens Middle, Blair Middle, Booker T. Washington High, Campostella Elementary, Coleman Place Elementary, Granby High, Lake Taylor High, Little Creek Elementary, Matthew Fontaine Maury High, Norview Elementary, Norview Middle, Oceanair Elementary, Poplar Halls Elementary, St. Helena Elementary and Tanners Creek Elementary
Portsmouth: Churchland Middle, Cradock Middle, James Hurst Elementary, Park View Elementary, Simonsdale Elementary, Westhaven Elementary and Woodrow Wilson High
Suffolk: John Yeates Middle, King`s Fork High, King`s Fork Middle, Lakeland High and Nansemond River High
Virginia Beach: Bayside High, Bayside Middle, College Park Elementary, First Colonial High, Floyd Kellam High, Frank W. Cox High, Glenwood Elementary, Green Run Elementary, Kempsville High, Larkspur Middle, Lynnhaven Middle, Ocean Lakes High, Princess Anne High, Salem High, Tallwood Elementary and Tallwood High
Williamsburg-James City County: J. Blaine Blayton Elementary and Warhill High

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