Amherst County High School recently received the Board of Education Continuous Achievement Award, the Virginia Department of Education recently announced.

The high school was among 183 schools in the state to receive the award, according to a June 20 news release from VDOE.

To earn the award, schools must earn a state accreditation rating of accredited or accredited with conditions and meeting at least one of the following benchmarks for improved performance:

  • A cumulative 10-point increase over three years in the combined rates for reading and mathematics and in the pass rate for science, with improvement each year on each indicator
  • A cumulative 10-point increase over three years in the combined rates for reading and mathematics for two or more student groups, with improvement each year for each group on both indicators
  • A cumulative 15% decrease in the chronic absenteeism rate over three years, with a decrease each year; or
  • For schools with a graduating class, a cumulative four-point increase in the graduation and completion index over three years, with an increase each year and a cumulative 15% decrease in the dropout rate with a decrease each year.

“I congratulate the principals, teachers, support staff and students of all these schools for the academic successes and hard work these awards represent,” Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane said in the release.

Reach Justin Faulconer at (434) 385-5551.

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Reach Justin Faulconer at (434) 385-5551.

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