Wise County public schools as a division and then a half-dozen individual county schools have earned standing in the 2019 Virginia Index of Performance awards for advanced student learning and achievement.

Central High School was one of 90 schools that earned the 2019 Board of Education Excellence Award, the second-highest honor in the VIP program. West Point Public Schools was the only division winner. That division and the individual schools also met all state and federal accountability benchmarks and made significant progress toward goals for increased student achievement and expanded educational opportunities set by the board.

Wise County was one of only eight divisions to earn the Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award, the third tier of honors, with five individual schools among 175 award winners.

The schools in Wise County receiving the Distinguished Achievement awards are as follows: Eastside High, J.W. Adams Combined, L.F. Addington Middle, St. Paul Elementary and Union Primary.

All also met all state and federal benchmarks and made progress toward the goals of the governor and the Board of Education.

In addition to Wise County, the divisions receiving Distinguished Achievement awards are Falls Church, Lexington, Loudoun County, Poquoson, Roanoke County, Wythe County and York County.

Gov. Ralph Northam and the state Board of Education made the announcement of the awards on Wednesday.

The VIP program recognizes schools and divisions that exceed state and federal accountability standards and achieve excellence goals established by the governor and the Board of Education.

Five schools earned the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence, the highest VIP award. These schools are as follows: Jamestown Elementary in Arlington County and Chesterbrook Elementary, Carson Middle, Cooper Middle, and Longfellow Middle in Fairfax County.

“I am delighted to recognize the Virginia students and faculty at all of these schools for their academic excellence and commitment to innovation and continued improvement,” said Northam. “The schools and school divisions that have earned these awards are not only the highest-performing schools in our Commonwealth, but are among the best schools in the nation.”

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