Bethel Manor, Dare Earn State Distinctions for SOL Achievements

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A student at Bethel Manor Elementary School works at a computer. (Photo courtesy of Bethel Manor Elementary School)
A student at Bethel Manor Elementary School works at a computer. (Photo courtesy of Bethel Manor Elementary School)

Two York County elementary schools have been recognized by the state for student achievements on Standards of Learning assessments during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years.

Bethel Manor Elementary School was named a Title I Highly Distinguished School for exceeding accountability benchmarks for two years in a row and achieving pass rates on reading and math SOL tests at or above the 85th percentile.

Bethel Manor was one of nine schools to earn the recognition this year. It was also named a Highly Distinguished School in 2013.

In a separate recognition, Bethel Manor was one of two Virginia schools chosen as a 2015-2016 National Title I Distinguished School by the National Association of State Title I Directors in December.

Dare Elementary School was one of 46 Virginia schools to be named a Title I Distinguished School this year. To earn this recognition, schools need to meet accountability benchmarks for two years in a row and achieve SOL pass rates in reading and math at or above the 60th percentile.

This is the fifth consecutive year Dare has achieved a Distinguished School recognition.

“We are proud to learn of today’s announcement from the Virginia Department of Education honoring the hard work and dedication of our staff, students and parents,” wrote Victor Shandor, York County School Division Superintendent, in an email to WYDaily. “Our school administrators and staff continuously review data to implement, and adjust, strategies to support the success of every student.”

Bethel Manor and Dare are both Title I schools, a designation that allows them to receive federal funds to help students who are at risk of academic failure meet educational benchmarks.