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Ritchie Elementary receives state honors for high achievement

Tuesday, Apr. 29 | By Fauquier Times Staff
In an announcement today from Governor Terry McAuliffe and the Board of Education, Ritchie Elementary School in Fauquier County received accolades for distinguished achievement. Ritchie is one of 136 schools in the Commonwealth of Virginia to earn the Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award in the 2014 Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) awards for advanced learning and achievement.

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. The 212 schools and four school divisions earning 2014 VIP awards — which are based on student achievement and other performance indicators during 2012-2013 — include:

·Five schools — Carson Middle, Longfellow Middle and Rocky Run Middle in Fairfax County; Short Pump Middle in Henrico County; and Kemps Landing Magnet in Virginia Beach — that earned the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence, the highest VIP award;

· One school division – Falls Church Public Schools – and 71 schools that earned the Board of Education Excellence Award, the second-tier honor; and

·Three school divisions – Poquoson, Lexington and West Point – and 136 schools that earned the Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award, the third tier award.

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

To earn the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence, schools and school divisions must 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 the Distinguished Achievement Award, schools and school divisions must meet all state and federal benchmarks and make progress toward the goals of the governor and the board.

“I congratulate the superintendents, principals, teachers and other educators in all of the divisions and schools that earned VIP awards this year,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright, who proposed the awards program in 2007 as a means of rewarding high-achieving schools and divisions. “These educators — and thousands of others in schools across this commonwealth — dedicate every day to challenging students and helping them to achieve their goals.”

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