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State Board of Education applauds 22 Prince William schools for learning performance in 2016-17

Gov. Ralph Northam and the state Board of Education revealed June 27 the schools earning 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.

Northam was quoted as saying, “The teachers, principals and support staff in these schools share a commitment to academic excellence and meeting the needs of every learner. 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:
• 14 schools that earned the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence;
• One division and 133 schools including eight in Prince William County that earned the Board of Education Excellence Award; and
• 15 divisions and 202 schools including 14 in Prince William County that earned the Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award.

Board of Education Excellence awards went to Ashland Elementary, Battlefield High, Cedar Point Elementary, J.W. Alvey Elementary, Mary G. Porter Traditional, Patriot High, Pennington School and Thurgood Marshall Elementary in Prince William County.

Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Awards for Prince William County went to: A. Henderson Elementary, Bennett Elementary, Brentsville District High, Buckland Mills Elementary, E.H. Marsteller Middle, Gainesville Middle, Mountain View Elementary, Occoquan Elementary, Old Bridge Elementary, Osbourn Park High, Ronald Wilson Reagan Middle, T. Clay Wood Elementary, Nokesville School and Westridge Elementary.

“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,” Secretary of Education Atif Qarni, a former Prince William County teacher, was quoted as saying, “I commend and celebrate the students, teachers, and support staff for their dedication and commitment to personal and professional achievement.”

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