RICHMOND, Va. -

More than 200 public schools and four school divisions in Virginia are being honored for their performance.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe and the Virginia Board of Education announced the winners of the 2014 Virginia Index of Performance awards on Tuesday.
The awards are based on student achievement and other indicators.

McAuliffe says in a news release that five schools received the highest award, Governor's Award for Education Excellence. They are Carson Middle, Longfellow Middle and Rocky Run Middle in Fairfax County; Short Pump Middle in Henrico County; and Kemps Landing Magnet in Virginia Beach.

The Board of Education Excellence Award went to one school division and 71 schools.

Three school divisions and 136 schools received the Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award.

The following local schools earned the 2014 Board of Education Excellence Award. This award is the second-tier honor in the VIP program. The schools met all state and federal accountability benchmarks and made significant progress toward goals.

- Montgomery County: Gilbert Linkous Elementary, Harding Avenue Elementary and Kipps Elementary.

- Roanoke: Crystal Spring Elementary.

- Roanoke County: Cave Spring High and Hidden Valley Middle.

The following local schools earned the Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Awards.

- Botetourt County: Breckinridge Elementary

- Danville: Galileo Magnet High

- Henry County: Rich Acres Elementary

- Lexington — Lylburn Downing Middle

- Pittsylvania County — Tunstall High

- Roanoke County — Cave Spring Elementary, Cave Spring Middle, Clearbrook Elementary, Fort Lewis Elementary, Glenvar Middle, Hidden Valley High, Oak Grove Elementary and Penn Forest Elementary

- Salem — South Salem Elementary

Here is the entire news release from the Governor’s office:
Governor Terry McAuliffe and the Board of Education announced today that 212 schools and four school divisions earned 2014 Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) awards for advanced learning and achievement.

The VIP incentive program recognizes schools and divisions that exceed minimum state and federal accountability standards and achieve excellence goals established by the governor and the board.

“I am pleased to congratulate Virginia’s teachers, principals, superintendents and other educators whose commitment to innovation and excellence have made the Commonwealth’s schools leaders among our economic competitors,” McAuliffe said. “The educators and support staff in these award-winning schools — and in all of our public schools — have dedicated their careers to building brighter futures for our young people and providing pathways for success in a 21stCentury economy. I look forward to visiting as many of these schools as possible and celebrating their accomplishments.”

The schools and school divisions earning 2014 VIP awards — which are based on student achievement and other performance indicators during 2012-2013 — include:
• Five schools that earned the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence;
• One school division and 71 schools that earned the Board of Education Excellence Award; and
• Three school divisions and 136 schools that earned the Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award.

2014 Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence

Five schools — Carson Middle, Longfellow Middle and Rocky Run Middle in Fairfax County; Short Pump Middle in Henrico County; and Kemps Landing Magnet in Virginia Beach — earned the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence, the highest VIP award. Kemps Landing Magnet has won the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence every year since the VIP program began in 2008. This year’s award was Rocky Run Middle’s fifth consecutive Governor’s Award.
“Schools and divisions that earn the Governor’s Award for Education Excellence promote the well-being — as well as the academic achievement — of every student,” Secretary of Education Anne Holton said.

To earn the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence, schools and school divisions must meet all state and federal achievement benchmarks 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, if applicable, 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.
2014 Board of Education Excellence Awards
Falls Church Public Schools and 71 schools earned the Board of Education Excellence Award, the second-tier honor in the VIP program. These schools also met all state and federal accountability benchmarks and made significant progress toward goals for increased student achievement and expanded educational opportunities set by the board.

“Virginia’s accountability system includes recognitions for academic excellence and progress,” Board of Education President Chris Braunlich said. “The achievement of the educators and students in these award-winning schools is especially noteworthy given the increased rigor of the commonwealth’s academic standards and assessments.”