Last week, the Virginia Department of Education announced ten of Frederick County's public schools that met the state's new AMOs, or as they call it, the Annual Measurable Objectives.
One of the schools to meet these standards was Robert E. Aylor Middle School.
"We like to look at each child as an individual. We do an array of testing and assessments for them. Essentially, we're very prescriptive because each child has their own learning style and learning needs and we try to be as prescriptive as possible with reaching them where they are to get to that academic success," says David Rudy, principal of Aylor Middle School.
The AMOs are designed to raise overall student success and narrow the achievement gaps.
Students in the state were required to take the Standards of Learning Tests administered last year. The school system was then able to distinguish which schools made the cut and which did not, based on the results.
While Orchard View Elementary School did not meet the standards, they are working on new ways to improve.
"We just need to focus a little harder on the individual students. So many times, you teach to the entire class and sometime the individual students needs' need to be focused on a little bit more and that's one of the initiatives we are doing this year," says Susan Bott, principal of Orchard View.
Faculty and staff from both schools agreed the key to success is individual attention for each student.
The school system says not meeting the AMOs does not mean it is a poor school, but it gives teachers the chance to become more rigorous to students' achievements.
For the schools that were not able to meet these standards, their plan of action is to have teachers place their focus on each student.