Published on Tue., June 23, 2020

Linkhorne Elementary School and William Marvin Bass Elementary School have been recognized by the Virginia Board of Education for the 2020 Board of Education Continuous Improvement Award.

“I have to give credit to our faculty and staff,” said LES principal Lea Gray. “They had a laser focus on providing targeted, intentional, differentiated instruction to every student in our building.”

Bass principal Monica Hendricks seconded Ms. Gray’s recognition of staff as a contributing factor in the continued improvement. “For the past three years, we have been committed to providing consistent practices across each grade level.  As a team we identified instructional commitments for each subject area and ensured that differentiated instruction was provided for students,” said Ms. Hendricks.

The schools also reviewed data constantly and made adjustments to instruction and interventions based on data.  

Schools recognized for continuous improvement 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.

 These two LCS elementary schools were among 375 schools in Virginia earning this award. Congratulations to the students, staff, and families! 

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