RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam and the state Board of Education announced today that 349 schools and 16 school divisions earned 2018 Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) awards for advanced learning and achievement. The VIP program recognizes schools and divisions that exceed state and federal accountability standards and achieve excellence goals established by the Governor and the Board of Education.
“The teachers, principals and support staff in these schools share a commitment to academic excellence and meeting the needs of every learner,” said Governor Northam. “I congratulate our educators, school administrators, and the students of these great schools for achieving the Commonwealth’s highest award for schoolwide excellence.”
The schools and school divisions earning 2018 VIP awards — which are based on student achievement and other performance indicators during 2016-2017 — include:
“Once again we see that so many of our schools and divisions outperform our academic standards — standards that set the bar for the rest of the country,” said Secretary of Education Atif Qarni. “I commend and celebrate the students, teachers, and support staff for their dedication and commitment to personal and professional achievement.”
2018 Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence
Fourteen schools earned the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence, the highest VIP award. These schools are as follows:
To earn the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence, schools and school divisions must meet all state and federal achievement benchmarks and achieve all applicable excellence goals for elementary reading, enrollment in Algebra I by the eighth grade, enrollment in college-level courses, high school graduation, attainment of advanced diplomas, increased attainment of career and industry certifications, and participation in the Virginia Preschool Initiative.
2018 Board of Education Excellence Awards
One division — Falls Church Public Schools — and 133 schools earned the Board of Education Excellence Award, the second-highest honor in the VIP program. The division and schools also met all state and federal accountability benchmarks and made significant progress toward goals for increased student achievement and expanded educational opportunities set by the board.
“The Virginia Index of Performance provides a means for the Board of Education to recognize schools that far exceed the minimum requirements of state accreditation and federal accountability,” said Board of Education President Daniel A. Gecker. “It provides an incentive for continuous improvement for all schools. I congratulate all of these divisions and schools as they celebrate their success.”
The schools receiving Board of Education Excellence Awards are as follows:
2018 Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Awards
The Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award was earned by 15 divisions and 202 schools that met all state and federal benchmarks and made progress toward the goals of the Governor and the Board of Education.
“The criteria for these awards provide short-term and long-term goals for principals, superintendents and communities as they develop the improvement plans all schools must have under the Board of Education’s new accreditation standards,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction James F. Lane. “Congratulations to the students in these divisions and schools and to the dedicated educators who made these successes possible.”
The divisions receiving Distinguished Achievement awards are as follows:
The schools receiving Distinguished Achievement awards are as follows:
More information about the VIP incentive program for schools and school divisions is available on the VDOE website: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/statistics_reports/va_index_performance_awards/index.shtml
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