Gov. McDonnell honors 4 NRV schools with VIP awards
Gov. Bob McDonnell and the Board of Education announced today that 151 schools and one school division earned 2013 Virginia Index of Performance 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.
Gilbert Linkous Elementary in Montgomery County and Snowville Elementary in Pulaski County were among 51 schools to receive a Board of Education Excellence Award, the second-tier honor in the VIP program. These schools met all state and federal accountability benchmarks for at least two consecutive years and made significant progress toward goals for increased student achievement and expanded educational opportunities set by the board.
Auburn Elementary and Harding Avenue Elementary in Montgomery County were among 98 schools that received the Distinguished Achievement award by meeting all state and federal benchmarks for at least two consecutive years and making progress toward the goals of the governor and the board.
“Excellence doesn’t just happen; it is achieved through hard work and a commitment to continuous improvement and innovation,” said McDonnell. ”I congratulate the students for the accomplishments these awards recognize and the outstanding teachers and other educators who prepared them to excel. We are blessed to have some of the finest schools and teachers in the nation. We must continue to ensure that all students have access to the high quality education they deserve.”
“I want to congratulate the 2013 VIP schools on a job well done,” said Secretary of Education Laura Fornash. ”Virginia’s education system is among the best in the country, and each of these schools are setting the standard we should expect for every school in the commonwealth. Without hardworking educators in the classroom, these success stories wouldn’t be possible.”
The 2013 VIP awards are based on student achievement and other performance indicators during 2011-2012. For more information about the VIP incentive program, visit www.doe.virginia.gov.
– Submitted by Julie Grimes