Scott County schools awarded for excellence

Nick Shepherd • Aug 12, 2017 at 11:11 AM

GATE CITY — A number of schools in Scott County received awards for meeting all state and federal accountability benchmarks and making significant progress toward goals for increased student achievement, according to a press release.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and the state Board of Education announced the awards on Tuesday. In total, 386 schools and 17 school divisions earned 2017 Virginia Index of Performance awards for advanced learning and achievement.

The awards recognize schools and divisions that exceed state and federal accountability standards and achieve excellence goals established by the governor and the board, the release stated.

“Personally, I’m proud of our school division and what they have been able to accomplish,” said Scott County Superintendent John Ferguson. “I attribute it all back to the hard work of the teachers and the effort the students put forth in the classroom.”

Schools are given points which reflect a weighted average of proficiency levels on statewide assessments and progress toward education goals. The weighted index is applied to all assessments taken in the school or division.

Fort Blackmore Primary, Weber City Elementary and Yuma Elementary were awarded the 2017 Board of Education Excellence awards. It is the second-tier honor of the Virginia Index of Performance awards.

Duffield Primary School, Gate City High School and Shoemaker Elementary won the 2017 Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Awards. Those schools met all state and federal benchmarks and made progress toward the goals of the governor and the board.

“On behalf of the Board of Education, I want to thank the teachers, principals, staff and students who worked so hard to achieve this honor,” said Virginia Board of Education President Daniel A. Gecker in the release. “The success of these schools and divisions is the direct result of their commitment. The board expects that the commitment to excellence will continue throughout the upcoming school year.”


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