RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Six Title I schools in Central Virginia were honored by the Virginia Board of Education for raising academic achievement of economically disadvantaged students.
Awards are based on student performance on the Standards of Learning (SOL) exams during the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years.
George W. Carver Elementary in Richmond was one of nine schools recognized as Title I Highly Distinguished Schools. To qualify for the award, schools must exceed all state and federal accountability benchmarks for two consecutive years. They also must achieve pass rates on reading and mathematics SOL tests or be above the 85th percentile.
Five local schools were recognized as Title I Distinguished Schools. Matoaca Elementary in Chesterfield, Byrd Elementary in Goochland, New Kent Elementary, Nottoway Elementary in Southampton County, South Elementary and William A. Walton Elementary in Prince George all were honored for meeting all state and federal accountability requirements for two consecutive years and achieving SOL pass rates at the 60th percentile or higher for reading and mathematics. 46 schools in the Commonwealth were honored.
“The Title I schools we are honoring combine effective instruction with the non-instructional supports that inspire many children in poverty to focus and succeed,” Board of Education President Billy K. Cannaday Jr. said.
Each school and division will receive a certificate celebrating its status and achievement.