Schools across the commonwealth are getting a pat on the back from The Virginia Board of Education.
The board recognized 92 schools as Title One Distinguished Schools.
That means they have maintained full state accreditation under the SOL program for two straight years.
In our area, Franklin County had the most schools make the list, with seven.
Four schools from Henry County were recognized, and four from Roanoke County as well.
Official Press Release:
Two Divisions also Cited for Raising Achievement of Disadvantaged Students
The Virginia Board of Education is honoring two school divisions and 92 schools for raising the academic achievement of economically disadvantaged students. The awards are based on student achievement on state assessments during the 2010-2011 and 2009-2010 school years.
Highland County and West Point earned the designation of "Distinguished Title I School Division" by exceeding all federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) achievement objectives in reading and mathematics for two consecutive years.
The board also recognized 92 schools as "Title I Distinguished Schools" for maintaining full state accreditation under the commonwealth's Standards of Learning program for two consecutive years, meeting federal benchmarks in reading and mathematics and having average test scores in both subjects at the 60th percentile or higher.
"The foundation of each of these success stories is the conviction that all children — regardless of family income — can learn and achieve," Board of Education President David M. Foster said.
"The success of these schools and divisions is particularly noteworthy given how the federal benchmarks increase every year," Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright said.
The recognized schools, grouped by division, are as follows:
Each school and division will receive a certificate celebrating its status and achievement.
Title I of ESEA provides funding to school divisions and schools for programs to raise the achievement of students identified as being at risk of academic failure. The federal education law, whose most recent reauthorization is also known as the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, requires schools and school divisions to meet annual objectives for increasing student achievement on statewide assessments in reading/language arts and mathematics. During 2010-2011, 294, or 40 percent, of Virginia's 729 Title I schools met all federal objectives.