State Board of Education Honors High-Achieving Title I Schools
The Virginia Board of Education is honoring 40 Title I schools and two school divisions for raising the academic achievement of economically disadvantaged students. The awards are based on student performance on Standards of Learning (SOL) assessments during the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 school years.
The board recognized four schools as Title I Highly Distinguished schools. Title I Highly Distinguished schools must exceed all state and federal accountability benchmarks for two consecutive years and have achieved pass rates on English and mathematics SOL tests at or above the 85th percentile. The four schools achieving this distinction are as follows:
“The principals, teachers and students of these award-winning schools are proving that poverty – whether urban or rural – need not stand in the way of learning and that it is possible to narrow and close achievement gaps,” Secretary of Education Anne Holton said. “We will be looking closely at these schools to identify best practices and strategies that might benefit students in similar schools.”
“Not only are these four schools the highest-performing Title I schools, they also are among the highest-performing elementary schools – Title I and non-Title I – in the commonwealth,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples said. “In these schools, educators and parents work together to dismantle barriers to learning and students are encouraged to work hard and strive for excellence.”
Thirty-six schools were recognized as Title I Distinguished schools for meeting all state and federal accountability requirements for two consecutive years and achieving reading and mathematics SOL pass rates at the 60th percentile or higher. These schools are as follows:
To qualify for the Governor's Award for Educational Excellence, schools and school divisions must meet all state and federal achievement benchmarks for at least two consecutive years and achieve Governor Kaine's goals for elementary reading; enrollment in Algebra I by grade 8; enrollment in college-level courses; attainment of advanced diplomas; increased attainment of career and industry certifications; and participation, if eligible, in the Virginia Preschool Initiative. Schools and school divisions also earn bonus points for other performance measures, including the Governor's Nutrition and Physical Activity Scorecard.
2012 Board of Education Competence to Excellence Awards
The Board of Education Competence to Excellence Award was earned by 171 schools that met all state and federal benchmarks for at least two consecutive years and made progress toward the goals of the governor and the board.
Sr. Charles Elementary2011 Board of Education Excellence Awards
Eight school divisions and 323 schools earned the Board of Education Excellence Award, the second-tier honor in the VIP program. These schools and divisions also have met all state and federal accountability benchmarks for at least two consecutive years and have made significant progress toward goals for increased student achievement and expanded educational opportunities set by the board.
St. Charles Elementary
GOVERNOR KAINE ANNOUNCES AWARDS FOR HIGH-PERFORMING VIRGINIA PUBLIC SCHOOLS
~ Eighty-Nine Schools Earn Awards for Excellence; Board of Education Recognizes Additional Schools and School Divisions ~
Lee County — Ewing Elementary and St. Charles Elementary
The Virginia Board of Education is honoring two school divisions and 92 schools for raising the academic achievement of economically disadvantaged students. The awards are based on student achievement on state assessments during the 2010-2011 and 2009-2010 school years.
Highland County and West Point earned the designation of “Distinguished Title I School Division” by exceeding all federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) achievement objectives in reading and mathematics for two consecutive years.
The board also recognized 92 schools as “Title I Distinguished Schools” for maintaining full state accreditation under the commonwealth’s Standards of Learning program for two consecutive years, meeting federal benchmarks in reading and mathematics and having average test scores in both subjects at the 60th percentile or higher.
“The foundation of each of these success stories is the conviction that all children – regardless of family income – can learn and achieve,” Board of Education President David M. Foster said.
“The success of these schools and divisions is particularly noteworthy given how the federal benchmarks increase every year,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright said.
St. Charles Elementary
Title I Distinguished schools are recognized for meeting all state and federal accountability requirements for and achieving average reading and mathematics SOL scores at 60th percentile or higher. There are 37 Distinguished Title I schools
One of them is St. Charles Elementary