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Governor McDonnell & Board of Education Honor High-Performing Virginia Schools & School Divisions

2012 Virginia Index of Performance Awards Announced

Governor Bob McDonnell and the Board of Education announced today that 447 schools and two school divisions earned 2012 Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) awards for advanced learning and achievement. The incentive program recognizes schools and divisions that far exceed minimum state and federal accountability standards and achieve excellence goals established by the governor and the board.

“I congratulate the educators in these schools and divisions for their unwavering commitment to academic excellence and to the success of their students,” McDonnell said. “They put students first and maintain high expectations for instruction, learning and student achievement.”

The schools and school divisions earning 2012 VIP awards – which are based on student achievement and other performance indicators during 2010-2011 – include:

  • 86 Virginia schools that earned the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence;
  • 188 schools and two school divisions that earned the Board of Education Excellence Award;
  • 171 schools earned the Board of Education Competence to Excellence Award; and
  • 2 schools that earned the Board of Education Rising Star Award.


“The criteria for these awards are becoming more challenging with the Board of Education’s increasing focus on college and career readiness,” Board of Education President Eleanor B. Saslaw said. “That so many schools earned VIP awards speaks to the capacity of most of Virginia’s public schools to accept new challenges.”
“As we celebrate the successes of the 2012 VIP award winners, we must not lose sight of the schools in Virginia where students still struggle to achieve at grade level in reading and mathematics,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright said. “Just as the Standards of Learning (SOL) provided the foundation for the excellence we recognize today, maintaining the SOL program is essential to raising achievement in low-performing schools and closing the achievement gap.”

2012 Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence

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 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 participation in the Virginia Preschool Initiative. Schools and school divisions earn bonus points for other performance measures, including the Governor’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Scorecard.

Schools in  Hampton Roads Va  earning the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence are as follows:

  • Chesapeake – Hickory Elementary and Norfolk Highlands Primary
  • Virginia Beach – Creeds Elementary, Kemps Landing Magnet, Kingston Elementary, Old Donation Center, Red Mill Elementary, Salem Elementary and Thoroughgood Elementary

Each school earning a Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence will receive a display banner and a signed resolution of commendation from Governor McDonnell.

2012 Board of Education Excellence Awards

Two school divisions – Lexington and West Point – and 188 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.

The Williamsburg/ James City County, York County & Hampton Roads  schools receiving Board of Education Excellence Awards are as follows:

  • Chesapeake – Deep Creek Central Elementary, Edwin W. Chittum Elementary and Southeastern Elementary
  • Gloucester County – Abingdon Elementary, Achilles Elementary, Petsworth Elementary and Thomas C. Walker Elementary
  • Hampton – Armstrong Elementary and Francis Asbury Elementary
  • Isle of Wight County – Carrollton Elementary and Carrsville Elementary
  • Newport News – Deer Park Elementary and Hilton Elementary
  • Norfolk – Larchmont Elementary, Mary Calcott Elementary and Ocean View Elementary
  • Portsmouth – Hodges Manor Elementary
  • Virginia Beach – Corporate Landing Elementary, John B. Dey Elementary, Malibu Elementary, New Castle Elementary, North Landing Elementary, Princess Anne Elementary, Trantwood Elementary and W.T. Cooke Elementary
  • West Point – West Point Elementary and West Point High
  • Williamsburg-James City County – Clara Byrd Baker Elementary, James River Elementary, Matoaka Elementary, Matthew Whaley Elementary and Stonehouse Elementary
  • York County – Coventry Elementary, Dare Elementary, Grafton Bethel Elementary, Mount Vernon Elementary and Tabb Elementary
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.

The Williamsburg/ James City County, York County & Hampton Roads schools receiving the Competence to Excellence awards are as follows:

  • Chesapeake – G.A. Treakle Elementary
  • Gloucester County – Bethel Elementary
  • Isle of Wight County  – Windsor Elementary
  • Norfolk – Ghent Elementary, Sewells Point Elementary and Willoughby Elementary
  • Poquoson – Poquoson High
  • Portsmouth – Simonsdale Elementary
  • Suffolk – Northern Shores Elementary
  • Virginia Beach – Christopher Farms Elementary, Hermitage Elementary, Indian Lakes Elementary, Princess Anne High and Rosemont Elementary
  • Williamsburg-James City County – Jamestown High and Rawls Byrd Elementary
  • York County – Bethel Manor Elementary, Grafton High and Tabb High

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