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For Immediate Release
February 23, 2005
Contact: Charles Pyle
Director of Communications
(804) 371-2420
Julie Grimes
Public Information Officer
(804) 225-2775

Board of Education Recognizes High-Performing
Title I Schools and School Divisions

Six public school divisions and 77 schools are being honored by the Board of Education for raising the achievement of economically disadvantaged students and meeting or exceeding the objectives of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001.

“The success of these schools and school divisions demonstrates that all children can learn and achieve and that all schools can meet high standards of performance,” said Board of Education President Thomas M. Jackson, Jr.

NCLB requires schools and school divisions to meet annual objectives for increasing student achievement based on the results of statewide assessments in reading/language arts and mathematics. Schools and school divisions meeting these objectives are considered to have made adequate yearly progress (AYP). Title I of the federal education law provides funding to school divisions and schools for programs to raise the achievement of economically disadvantaged students.

Hopewell City public schools earned the “Highly Distinguished Title I School Division” designation for exceeding AYP requirements and for making progress in closing achievement gaps between student groups. At its February meeting today in Richmond, the Board of Education presented Hopewell with a plaque in honor of the accomplishment.

Five divisions earned the designation of “Distinguished Title I School Division” by making AYP for two straight years and exceeding all annual measurable objectives. These divisions are Bath County public schools, Buena Vista City public schools, Craig County public schools, Highland County public schools, and Lexington City public schools. Superintendent of Public Instruction Jo Lynne DeMary and Deputy Superintendent Patricia I. Wright will present a plaque to each division during upcoming visits.

Seventy-seven public schools in Virginia that receive funding under Title I of NCLB have been recognized by the Board as “Title I Distinguished Schools” for meeting AYP, maintaining full accreditation for two consecutive years, and having mean test scores for both English and mathematics at the 60th percentile or higher.

Each Title I Distinguished School will receive a framed certificate from the Board of Education and an outdoor banner. The 77 schools, grouped by division, include:

  • Albemarle County — Brownsville Elementary, Crozet Elementary, Stony Point Elementary, and Woodbrook Elementary;
  • Augusta County — Edward G. Clymore Elementary and Wilson Elementary;
  • Bedford County — Big Island Elementary;
  • Botetourt County — Breckinridge Elementary;
  • Charlottesville City — Greenbrier Elementary;
  • Chesterfield County — Bensley Elementary;
  • Clarke County — D.G. Cooley Elementary;
  • Danville City — Forest Hills Elementary and Woodrow Wilson Elementary;
  • Dinwiddie County — Southside Elementary;
  • Falls Church City — Thomas Jefferson Elementary;
  • Franklin County — Glade Hill Elementary, Henry Elementary, and Sontag Elementary;
  • Frederick County — Apple Pie Ridge Elementary and Armel Elementary;
  • Giles County — Narrows Combined;
  • Gloucester County — Abingdon Elementary and Thomas C. Walker Elementary;
  • Goochland County — Goochland Elementary;
  • Hanover County — Beaverdam Elementary and Elmont Elementary;
  • Henry County — Carver Elementary School, Fieldale Elementary, and Rich Acres Elementary;
  • Highland County — Highland Elementary;
  • King And Queen County — Lawson-Marriott Elementary;
  • Lee County — Elydale Elementary and Keokee Elementary;
  • Lexington City — Harrington Waddell Elementary;
  • Loudoun County — Middleburg Elementary and Potowmack Elementary;
  • Lynchburg City — Robert S. Payne Elementary;
  • Mecklenburg County —Buckhorn Elementary and Chase City Elementary;
  • Newport News City — George J. McIntosh Elementary;
  • Page County — Luray Elementary;
  • Patrick County — Stuart Elementary;
  • Pittsylvania County — John L. Hurt Elementary;
  • Poquoson City — Poquoson Elementary and Poquoson Middle;
  • Portsmouth City — Simonsdale Elementary;
  • Richmond City — Ginter Park Elementary;
  • Roanoke County — Glenvar Middle and William Byrd Middle;
  • Rockbridge County — Effinger Elementary and Natural Bridge Elementary;
  • Rockingham County — Fulks Run Elementary, Mountain View Elementary, and South River Elementary;
  • Russell County — Belfast Elk Garden Elementary, Copper Creek Elementary, and Lebanon Elementary;
  • Salem City — East Salem Elementary and G.W. Carver Elementary;
  • Scott County — Fort Blackmore Elementary, Hilton Elementary, Nickelsville Elementary, Shoemaker Elementary, and Weber City Elementary;
  • Spotsylvania County — Harrison Road Elementary;
  • Staunton City — Thomas C. McSwain Elementary;
  • Tazewell County — Abbs Valley Boissevain Elementary;
  • Virginia Beach City — Windsor Oaks Elementary and W.T. Cooke Elementary;
  • Warren County — Hilda J. Barbour Elementary;
  • Washington County — Greendale Elementary, High Point Elementary, and Watauga Elementary;
  • West Point — West Point Elementary;
  • Williamsburg-James City County — Matthew Whaley Elementary;
  • Wise County — St. Paul Elementary; and
  • York County — Tabb Elementary.