State Board of Education Recognizes YCSD Schools

Posted On: Monday, June 22, 2020

On June 18, 2020, the Virginia Board of Education recognized 447 schools across the state, including nine York County School Division schools, for high student achievement, continuous improvement or innovative practices under the board’s exemplar performance school recognition program. The awards are based on performance and practice during 2018-2019 and prior years.

2020 Board of Education Highest Achievement Award

Tabb Elementary School was one of 71 schools that earned the Board of Education’s Highest Achievement Award. To earn the award, a school must earn a state accreditation rating of Accredited and demonstrate high levels of success across all of school quality indicators, including success in narrowing achievement gaps.

Schools also had to meet the Level One accreditation benchmark for reading, mathematics, and science based on the student pass rate, not including growth or progress on assessments taken by English language learners. Schools must also have had no more than a 5% achievement gap, for schools with two student groups, or a 10% gap, for schools with three or more student groups, between the lowest-performing group and all other students in the school. In addition, schools must have achieved at Level One on all other applicable school quality indicators.

2020 Board of Education Continuous Improvement Award

Bethel Manor Elementary, Dare Elementary, Grafton Middle, Magruder Elementary, Queens Lake Middle, Tabb High, York High and York River Academy received the Board of Education Continuous Improvement Award.

Schools recognized for continuous improvement were rated “Accredited” or “Accredited with Conditions” for 2019-2020 and met at least one of the following four criteria based on performance during 2018-2019:

  • A 10-point increase in the combined rate in reading and math, and in the pass rate in science;
  • A 10-point increase in the combined rate in reading and math for two or more student groups across three years;
  • A decrease in the chronic absenteeism rate for three years; or
  • For schools with a graduating class, an increase in the Graduation and Completion Index and a decrease in the dropout rate for three years.

The Exemplar Performance School Awards replaced the Virginia Index of Performance program to recognize schools that are exceeding state accreditation standards and making continuous improvement in narrowing achievement gaps.

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