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Franklin, Southampton schools earn exemplar performance awards

FRANKLIN

Two Franklin schools and two in Southampton County were among the 375 earning the Virginia Board of Education’s Continuous Improvement Award this year.

Schools recognized for continuous improvement must have been rated “accredited” or “accredited with conditions” for the 2019-2020 school year and have met at least one of the following criteria based on performance during the 2018-2019 school year: 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.

Earning this award for Franklin City Public Schools were Franklin High School and S.P. Morton Elementary School.

Earning this award for Southampton County Public Schools were Riverdale Elementary School and Southampton Middle School.

One school in Isle of Wight County — Smithfield High School — also earned this award.

The Board of Education approved the criteria for its exemplar performance awards in April 2018.