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Rich Acres School honored

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

By PAUL COLLINS - Bulletin Staff Writer

Rich Acres Elementary School has earned a 2014 Virginia Index of Performance Award — one of 212 schools and four school divisions honored for advanced learning and achievement.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe and the Virginia Board of Education announced the awards Tuesday. The VIP incentive program recognizes schools and divisions that exceed minimum state and federal accountability standards and achieve excellence goals established by the governor and the board, according to a news release

Five schools won the highest VIP award, the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence; one school division and 71 schools won the second-tier honor, the Board of Education Excellence Award; and three school divisions and 136 schools, including Rich Acres Elementary, won the Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award.

Rich Acres was the only local school to receive a VIP award this year, according to information in the release.

“I am proud that the students and staff at Rich Acres have been recognized with this award,” said Henry County Public Schools Superintendent Jared Cotton. “I continue to be impressed with the culture of high expectations and strong work ethic at this school. This is well-deserved recognition for this school and community.”

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, if applicable, participation in the Virginia Preschool Initiative. Bonus points are given for other performance measures, including the Governor’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Scorecard.

To earn Board of Education Excellence Awards, schools and school divisions had to meet all state and federal accountability benchmarks and make significant progress toward goals for increased student achievement and expanded educational opportunities set by the board.

To earn Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Awards, school divisions and schools had to meet all state and federal benchmarks and make progress toward the goals of the governor and the board.

“I am pleased to congratulate Virginia’s teachers, principals, superintendents and other educators whose commitment to innovation and excellence have made the commonwealth’s schools leaders among our economic competitors,” McAuliffe said in the release.

“I congratulate the superintendents, principals, teachers and other educators in all of the divisions and schools that earned VIP awards this year,” Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright said in the release. She proposed the awards program in 2007 as a means of rewarding high-achieving schools and divisions.


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