VBCPS - Ahead of the Curve
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jennifer McCarrel
Date: 3/13/13 Phone: 757.263.1229
News Release No. 077 Fax: 757.263.1010
Email: jennifer.mccarrel@vbschools.com

Kemps Landing Magnet earns Governor's
top honor; four other schools earn
Board of Education awards

Kemps Landing Magnet School was one of only two schools in the state awarded the 2013 Governor's Award of Educational Excellence today, while four other division schools earned Board of Education honors.

Governor Bob McDonnell and the Board of Education announced that Kemps Landing Magnet earned the Governor's Award for the sixth consecutive school year, the highest honor given as part of the 2013 Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) awards.

To qualify for this honor, schools and school divisions must meet all state and federal achievement benchmarks for at least two consecutive years and achieve all applicable excellence goals for elementary reading, enrollment in Algebra I by the eighth grade, enrollment in college-level courses, high school graduation, attainment of advanced diplomas, increased attainment of career and industry certifications and participation in the Virginia Preschool Initiative. Schools and school divisions earn bonus points for other performance measures, including the Governor's Nutrition and Physical Activity Scorecard.

At the second tier of the VIP program, Old Donation Center (ODC) earned the Board of Education Excellence Award. ODC is the only school in South Hampton Roads and one of just 51 schools state wide to earn this award. This honor is bestowed upon schools that also met all state and federal accountability benchmarks for at least two consecutive years and made significant progress toward goals for increased student achievement and expanded educational opportunities set by the board.

In addition, three Virginia Beach elementary schools — John B. Dey, Kingston and Red Mill — earned 2013 Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Awards for meeting all state and federal benchmarks for at least two consecutive years and for making progress toward the goals of the governor and the board. This award was bestowed upon 98 schools from across the state.

Additional information about the VIP incentive program can be found on the Virginia Department of Education website.


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