Four Loudoun County Public Schools Receive VDOE Exemplar Performance Awards


The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) awarded four Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) schools with Exemplar Performance Awards. This awards program recognizes schools for exceeding state accreditation standards, narrowing achievement gaps and making progress toward educational opportunities for all students. Briar Woods High School, Emerick Elementary and Waterford Elementary received the 2023 Highest Achievement Exemplar Award; 48 schools in Virginia received this recognition. Loudoun County High School received the 2023 Continuous Improvement Exemplar Award; 93 schools in Virginia received this recognition.

“I am incredibly proud of Briar Woods High School, Emerick Elementary School, Waterford Elementary School and Loudoun County High School for receiving these awards. This recognition showcases their outstanding achievement, dedication to continuous improvement, and commitment to providing high-quality educational opportunities for all students,” said Dr. Ashley Ellis, Deputy Superintendent.


To receive the Highest Achievement Award, a school must meet the following criteria:

  • Meet state benchmark in reading, math and science (75 percent for reading and 70 percent for math and science) based on the current year pass rate on state assessments (not including growth or English Learner progress),

  • All student groups within the school meet state benchmarks in reading and math (75 percent for reading and 70 percent for math) based on the current year pass rate on state assessments (not including growth or English Learner progress), and

  • For schools with two student groups, there is no more than five percentage points between the lowest performing group and all other students in the school, or

  • For schools with three or more student groups, there is no more than ten percentage points between the lowest performing group and all other students in the school.

To achieve the Continuous Improvement Award, a school must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  1. The school demonstrates an increase in the combined rate for math, reading and science for each of the past three years (the three years are 2017-2018, 2018-2019, and 2021-2022), with a total increase across the three years of ten points or more.

  2. The school demonstrates an increase in the combined rate for two or more student groups in reading and math for each of the past three years (the three years are 2017-2018, 2018-2019, and 2021-2022), with a total increase across the three years of ten points or more.

  3. The school demonstrates an increase in the Graduation and Completion Index for each of the past three years (the three years are 2017-2018, 2018-2019, and 2021-2022), with a total increase across the three years of four percent or more; and school demonstrates a decrease in the dropout rate for each of the past three years (the three years are 2017-2018,2018-2019, and 2021-2022), with the total reduction across three years of 15 percent or more of the first year’s dropout rate.

Loudoun County High meets criterion three.





Published June 27, 2023