RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) – School throughout Hampton Roads were recognized as “Distinguished Title I Schools” by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) on Wednesday.
Out of the nine schools named Title I Highly Distinguished Schools included:
- Willoughby Elementary in Norfolk
- Bethal Manor Elementary in York County
Those schools qualified after exceeding all state and federal accountability benchmarks for two consecutive years, and achieve pass rates on reading and mathematics SOL tests at or above the 85th percentile.
Forty-six schools were recognized as Title I Distinguished Schools for meeting all state and federal accountability requirements for two consecutive years and achieving SOL pass rates at the 60th percentile or higher for reading and mathematics. Area schools included:
- Botetourt Elementary in Gloucester County
- Carrsville Elementary in Isle of Wight County
- Sewells Point Elementary in Norfolk
- Rosemont Elementary in Virginia Beach
- Dare Elementary in York County
Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act – which Congress reauthorized last month through passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 – authorizes federal funding for programs to raise the achievement of students identified as being at risk of academic failure.
The federal education law also encourages states to recognize schools and school divisions that exceed annual performance objectives in reading and mathematics.