Exemplar Performance School Award Recognitions

Congratulations to Hickory High, Butts Road Intermediate, Camelot Elementary, Deep Creek Middle, Grassfield High, Indian River High, Oscar F. Smith High, Portlock Primary, and Western Branch High for their recent recognition by the state Board of Education.  On June 18, 2020, the Board recognized 447 schools and six school divisions for high student achievement, continuous improvement, or innovative practices under the board’s exemplar performance school recognition program. The awards are based on performance and practice during 2018-2019 and prior years.

Hickory High School received the 2020 Board of Education Highest Achievement Award.  Schools recognized for this award were “Accredited” during 2019-2020 (based on performance data from 2018-2019) and demonstrated high levels of success across all school quality indicators, including success in narrowing achievement gaps.

Butts Road Intermediate, Camelot Elementary, Deep Creek Middle, Grassfield High, Indian River High, Oscar F. Smith High, Portlock Primary, and Western Branch High were recipients of the 2020 Board of Education Continuous Improvement Award.  Schools recognized for this award were rated “Accredited” or “Accredited with Conditions” for 2019-2020 and met at least one of the following four criteria based on performance during 2018-2019:

  • A 10-point increase in the combined rate in reading and math, and in the pass rate in science;
  • A 10-point increase in the combined rate in reading and math for two or more student groups across three years;
  • A decrease in the chronic absenteeism rate for three years; or
  • For schools with a graduating class, an increase in the Graduation and Completion Index and a decrease in the dropout rate for three years.