Deer Park and Nelson Elementary Schools earn VIP Awards
Deer Park Elementary and Nelson Elementary have earned 2019 Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) Awards for achieving accreditation and exceeding excellence goals established by the Virginia Governor and the Virginia Board of Education. Schools earn recognition based on student performance during the previous academic year and participation in the Governor’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Scorecard Awards program.
Deer Park earned the Virginia Board of Education Excellence Award, the second highest honor in the VIP program. Deer Park exceeded all state and federal accountability student performance standards in reading and math and had a significant number of students demonstrate advanced proficiency and proficiency on all Standards of Learning (SOL) tests. Ninety-four percent of Deer Park students passed the reading SOL test, with 70 percent earning passed proficient and 24 percent achieving passed advanced status. Deer Park students earned a 91 percent pass rate on the math SOL test, with 63 percent earning passed proficient and 28 percent earning passed advanced status.
Nelson earned the Virginia Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award for meeting all state and federal benchmarks for student performance and making progress toward the goals of the Governor and the Board of Education. Eighty-five percent of Nelson students passed the reading SOL test, with 53 percent earning passed proficient and 32 percent achieving passed advanced status. Nelson students earned an 85 percent pass rate on the math SOL test, with 58 percent earning passed proficient and 28 percent earning passed advanced status.
Deer Park and Nelson are among 270 schools in the Commonwealth to earn recognition in the VIP awards program. This recognition marks the 10th time Deer Park has earned recognition in this program; Nelson is a first-time honoree in the statewide program.
An Achievable Dream High School named among Best High Schools Teaching Personal Finance
Ensuring that young people are financially literate is crucial to prepare them for future financial success. An Achievable Dream High School was named among the 2019 Best W!SE High Schools Teaching Personal Finance.
Working In Support of Education, or W!SE, is an educational organization dedicated to building financial literacy, fostering business and social entrepreneurship and preparing students for college and the global workplace. The organization’s literacy certification program provides high school students with financial education and the opportunity to become certified financially literate. Students learn about personal finance, and then they take the W!SE standardized Financial Literacy test, a nationally recognized certification.
W!SE announced its 2019 ranking during a ceremony at the New York Stock Exchange in April. It is the only national ranking that recognizes excellence in personal finance instruction among the W!SE national network of schools.
The “100 Best” ranking is based on the average certification test score with consideration given to the number of test takers and the socio-economic background of the students.