Big Island Elementary earns national distinction

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) – The National Association of ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act) State Program Administrators has designated Big Island Elementary School in Bedford County as National ESEA Distinguished Schools for 2021-22.

Big Island Elementary was selected for exceptional student performance and academic growth for two years running.

More than 46 percent of students at Big Island Elementary are economically disadvantaged.

“Principal Andy Bliss and the staff of Big Island Elementary have forged multiple partnerships with community groups to support the academic success of students and meet their physical, social and emotional needs. Big Island is the center of a community in which everyone recognizes that they have a stake in preparing students for success.”

James Lane, Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction

Crestwood Elementary School in Chesterfield County was also selected with the distinction.

Both schools will be recognized during the 2022 National ESEA Conference on Feb. 16-19, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The most recent reauthorization of ESEA, the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015, requires states to establish long-term and interim goals for increasing student achievement in reading and mathematics.

Title I of ESEA provides funding for all Virginia school divisions for supplemental education support to eligible schools and is aimed at raising the achievement level of students at risk of academic failure due to poverty and other factors.

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