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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Sondra Woodward
Date: 07/07/20 Phone: 757.263.1797
News Release No. 001 Fax: 757.263.1010
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Virginia Beach schools receive record number of Exemplar Performance School Awards

The Virginia Board of Education has announced annual awards under their exemplar performance school recognition program, which honors schools in the Commonwealth for exceeding state accreditation standards, narrowing achievement gaps and improving outcomes for students.

Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) received nine 2020 Highest Achievement Exemplar Awards, more than any other school division in the state. Those schools are Arrowhead Elementary, Green Run Collegiate, Green Run Elementary, Kingston Elementary, North Landing Elementary, Ocean Lakes Elementary, Old Donation School, Rosemont Elementary and Shelton Park Elementary.

To earn this distinction, a school had to earn a state rating of “accredited” and meet the following benchmarks:

  • 70% pass rate on state assessments in science and mathematics;
  • 75% pass rate on state assessment in English reading and writing;
  • No more than a 5% gap (for schools with two student demographic groups) or a 10% gap (for schools with three or more student demographic groups) in English reading and writing between the lowest-performing group and all other students in the school; and
  • No more than a 5% gap (for schools with two demographic student groups) or a 10% gap (for schools with three or more student demographic groups) in mathematics between the lowest-performing group and all other students in the school.

“Our educators are committed to student success throughout their academic years and beyond,” said Virginia Beach City Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence. “We are gratified and honored that our schools continue to be recognized for providing all children, regardless of ZIP code, access to high-quality instruction and social-emotional learning.”

Twelve schools in the division, earned the 2020 Continuous Improvement Award, which highlights those schools that are rated “accredited” or “accredited with conditions” for 2019-2020. Those schools are: Bayside High, Birdneck Elementary, Brookwood Elementary, Centerville Elementary, Corporate Landing Elementary, Floyd Kellam High, Glenwood Elementary, Luxford Elementary, Lynnhaven Middle, Rosemont Forest Elementary, Salem High and Windsor Woods Elementary. No other Hampton Roads school division earned as many Continuous Improvement awards.

Recognized schools also met at least one of the following four criteria based on performance during 2018-2019:

  • A 10-point increase in the combined rate in reading and math, and in the pass rate in science;
  • A 10-point increase in the combined rate in reading and math for two or more student groups across three years;
  • A decrease in the chronic absenteeism rate for three years; or
  • For schools with a graduating class, an increase in the Graduation and Completion Index and a decrease in the dropout rate for three years.

“I congratulate the principals, teachers, support professionals and students of all of these schools and divisions for the achievement, innovations and hard work recognized by these awards,” Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane said in a Virginia Department of Education press release. “I believe the success of these schools and school divisions will inspire learning communities across the commonwealth as they plan for the reopening of school.”

The Virginia Board of Education approved the criteria for the exemplar performance awards in 2018. The recognition program is aligned with the board’s accreditation standards and replaced the Virginia Index of Performance recognition program.

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