Three FCPS Schools Earn 2019 Board of Education Highest Achievement Award; 16 FCPS Schools Earn Continuous Improvement Award

News Release
June 20, 2019

The state Board of Education today recognized 19 FCPS schools for high student achievement or continuous improvement under the board’s new exemplar performance school recognition program.

The exemplar performance school recognition program is aligned with the Board of Education’s revised accreditation standards and replaces the Virginia Index of Performance recognition program.

Forestville Elementary, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, and Wolftrap Elementary were recognized for earning the 2019 Board of Education Highest Achievement Award. They were among 52 schools statewide to earn the award.

To earn the Board of Education Highest Achievement Award, a school must earn a state accreditation rating of Accredited, and meet the following benchmarks:

  • 70 percent pass rate on state assessments in science and mathematics.
  • 75 percent pass rate on state assessment in English reading and writing.
  • No more than a five percent gap (for schools with two student groups) or a 10 percent gap (for schools with three or more student groups) in English reading and writing between the lowest-performing group and all other students in the school.
  • No more than a five percent gap (for schools with two student groups) or a 10-percent gap (for schools with three or more student groups) in mathematics between the lowest-performing group and all other students in the school.

The Board also recognized 16 FCPS schools with the Board of Education Continuous Improvement Award, which recognizes a school that has earned a state accreditation rating of Accredited or Accredited with Conditions and meets at least one of the following benchmarks for improved performance on accreditation-related school quality indicators:

  • A cumulative 10-point increase over three years in the combined rates for reading and mathematics and in the pass rate for science, with improvement each year on each indicator.
  • A cumulative 10-point increase over three years in the combined rates for reading and mathematics for two or more student groups, with improvement each year for each group on both indicators.
  • A cumulative 15 percent decrease in the chronic absenteeism rate over three years, with a decrease each year.
  • For schools with a graduating class, a cumulative four-point increase in the Graduation and Completion Index over three years, with an increase each year, and a cumulative 15 percent decrease in the dropout rate, with a decrease each year.

Schools earning the Board of Education Continuous Improvement Award include: Bailey's Upper Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences, Bryant High, Centreville High, Edison High, Fairfax County Adult High, Frost Middle, Herndon High, Hutchison Elementary, Justice High, Kilmer Center, Kings Park Elementary, Lake Braddock Secondary, London Towne Elementary, Madison High, Mountain View High and Stenwood Elementary.

“I congratulate all the students, teachers, support staff, and administrators at these Fairfax County Public Schools for earning state recognition for academic achievement and improvement,” said Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand. “These awards highlight the outstanding work being done in schools across the county in achieving our goals of providing an excellent and equitable education for every FCPS student. I am also pleased that the Board of Education is recognizing schools that have not been recognized previously but have made consistent gains in academic achievement and also have succeeded in reducing absenteeism and dropout rates. ”

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