2020 Exemplar Performance School Awards
Posted on 06/24/2020
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The State Board of Education has recognized Roanoke City Public Schools (RCPS) with the 2020 Board of Education Innovative Practice Award for its summer enrichment program RCPS+.  This is the first year the Board has issued the award, which recognizes innovations implemented over the course of two academic years that improve student outcomes.  RCPS was one of six school divisions in the Commonwealth of Virginia to receive this prestigious award. 

“I congratulate the principals, teachers, support professionals and students of all of these schools and divisions for the achievement, innovations and hard work recognized by these awards,” Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane said. “I believe the success of these schools and school divisions will inspire learning communities across the commonwealth as they plan for the reopening of school and prepare to meet the instructional and social-emotional needs of students — especially students most impacted by the closure this spring.”

Crystal Spring Elementary received the 2020 Board of Education Highest Achievement Award.  Schools recognized for highest achievement were “Accredited” during 2019-2020 (based on performance data from 2018-2019) and demonstrated 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.

The following schools were honored with the 2020 Board of Education Continuous Improvement Award:  Fallon Park Elementary, Fishburn Park Elementary, Monterey Elementary, Morningside Elementary, Patrick Henry High School, Preston Park Elementary, Virginia Heights Elementary, Wasena Elementary, and William Fleming High School.

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.
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