Dinwiddie school among 7 in Virginia honored by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Midway Elementary in Dinwiddie County is one of seven Virginia schools recognized as 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools, chosen by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

The program honors private and public K-12 schools that are either academically superior or that demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement, according to a Virginia Department of Education release.

“These schools show that excellence is possible regardless of the type of communities they serve,” Superintendent of Public Administration Steven R. Staples said. “The teachers, principals, support staff and students at each school are to be congratulated for their hard work and success.”

Either public or private schools can be honored, and are selected by one of two criteria: performance on state assessments, or in the case of private schools, performance on national standardized tests and high school graduation rates; or performance in closing achievement gaps between a school’s subgroups and all students over the past five years while increasing graduation rates for each subgroup, according to the release.

The six other Virginia public schools that received the recognition were: Emerick Elementary in Loudoun County, Hickory High in Chesapeake, Mountain View Elementary in Rockbridge County, Stonehouse Elementary in Williamsburg-James City County, Union Hall Elementary in Pittsylvania County and Trinity School at Mountain View, a private school in Falls Church.

All of 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools will be honored during a conference and awards ceremony Nov. 6-7 in Washington, D.C.

Midway also earned the Board of Education Excellence Award earlier this year.

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