Seventeen Chesterfield County schools receive Virginia Index of Performance awards

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Three of 14 schools to earn top honors are located in Chesterfield County

Gov. Ralph Northam and the Virginia Board of Education today announced that 17 Chesterfield County schools have been honored with 2018 Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) awards for advanced learning and achievement. The state awards recognize public schools that exceed minimum state and federal accountability standards and achieve excellence goals established by the governor and state board.

“We work daily to provide our students with a learning environment that is innovative, engaging and relevant, so that their passion for knowledge acquisition and application propels them to higher achievement levels,” School Board Chair John M. Erbach said. “This statewide recognition reaffirms the great work going on in our schools, and is a direct result of everything our Team Chesterfield staff members do, beyond meeting minimum expectations, to help our students prepare our students for successful futures.”

Three Chesterfield County schools earned the 2018 Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence: Robious Elementary, Bettie Weaver Elementary and Cosby High. The three Chesterfield County schools were among only 14 in Virginia to earn the highest VIP award and are the only schools in Central Virginia to be honored. To earn this level of recognition, a school must meet all state and federal achievement benchmarks and achieve all applicable excellence goals for elementary reading, enrollment in Algebra I by 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.

Seven Chesterfield County schools earned the 2018 Virginia Board of Education Excellence Award: Enon Elementary, Greenfield Elementary, Winterpock Elementary, Woolridge Elementary, Midlothian Middle, Tomahawk Creek Middle and Midlothian High. Statewide, 133 schools won this award for meeting all state and federal accountability benchmarks and making significant progress toward goals for increased student achievement and expanded educational opportunities set by the Virginia Board of Education.

Seven Chesterfield schools earned the Virginia Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award: Bon Air Elementary, Clover Hill Elementary, Gordon Elementary, Grange Hall Elementary, Swift Creek Elementary, Watkins Elementary and Robious Middle. Statewide, 202 schools won this award for meeting all state and federal benchmarks and making progress toward the goals of the governor and the state board.