RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam and the state Board of Education today announced that 270 schools and nine school divisions earned 2019 Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) awards for advanced student 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.
“I am delighted to recognize the Virginia students and faculty at all of these schools for their academic excellence and commitment to innovation and continued improvement,” said Governor Northam. “The schools and school divisions that have earned these awards are not only the highest-performing schools in our Commonwealth, but are among the best schools in the nation.”
The schools and school divisions earning 2019 VIP awards — which are based on student achievement and other performance indicators during 2017-2018 — include:
“As a former teacher, I know how important it is to commend extra effort and improved performance,” said Secretary of Education Atif Qarni. “I believe the same is true for schools and school divisions and I look forward to personally congratulating many of these schools and divisions during my travels around the Commonwealth.”
2019 Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence
Five 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, attainment of career and industry certifications, and participation in the Virginia Preschool Initiative.
“The teachers, principals, superintendents, administrators and support staff of these award-winning schools and divisions share a commitment to deeper learning, expanding opportunity and preparing all students for success,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane. “I look forward to visiting as many of these learning communities as possible during the coming months to offer my personal congratulations for their outstanding work preparing young Virginians for what comes next.”
2019 Board of Education Excellence Awards
One division — West Point Public Schools — and 90 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.
“While the Board of Education rightly focuses much of its attention on supporting schools that are still working toward meeting state standards, it is important to celebrate the successes of schools that far exceed these benchmarks,” said Board of Education President Daniel A. Gecker. “Recognizing exemplary schools provides an incentive for improvement beyond the performance levels required for state accreditation.”
The schools receiving Board of Education Excellence Awards are as follows:
2019 Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Awards
The Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award was earned by eight divisions and 175 schools that met all state and federal benchmarks and made progress toward the goals of the Governor and the Board of Education.
The divisions receiving Distinguished Achievement awards are as follows:
The schools receiving Distinguished Achievement awards are as follows:
The Virginia Index of Performance program was established by the state Board of Education in 2007 as a means of recognizing schools and school divisions that exceed state and federal accountability standards.
In April 2018, the board approved criteria for a new exemplar school recognition program to replace the VIP awards. The new program will include awards for high achievement, continuous improvement and innovative practices.
“I am excited about the new exemplar schools program because it will highlight the great work taking place in schools that may have not been recognized under the VIP program,” Lane said. “These include schools where students are making great progress toward meeting state standards and schools that are narrowing achievement gaps and reducing chronic absenteeism.”
The first awards under the new exemplar school system will be announced this summer.
More information about the VIP incentive program for schools and school divisions is available on the VDOE website.
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