LCMS Earns Continuous Improvement Award

LCMS Earns Continuous Improvement Award
Posted on 07/01/2019

The Virginia Board of Education has honored Louisa County Middle School with the Continuous Achievement Award for the school’s ongoing improvements in test scores and for providing students with world-class learning opportunities.


Louisa County Middle School was just one of 10 schools in the region to earn the award. To be eligible to receive a Continuous Achievement Award, a school must be either accredited or accredited with conditions and meet at least one benchmark for improved performance on accreditation-related school quality indicators. These benchmarks include:

-        A cumulative 10-point increase over three years in the combined rates for reading and math and in the pass rate for science with improvements each year on each indicator

-        a cumulative 10-point increase over three years in the combined rates for reading and math for two or more student groups with improvement each year for each group on both indicators

-        a cumulative 15-percent decrease in the chronic absenteeism rate over three years with a decrease seen each year.

LCMS – as well as the entire school division – has experienced a wide range of success in recent years. Based on data from the 2018-2019 school year, LCMS saw a 4-percent increase in its Math SOL Combined Rate scores when compared to the previous year, and also a 24-percent jump in the number of Talented and Gifted students. Division-wide, all six schools are on pace to earn full accreditation from the Virginia Department of Education for the fourth consecutive year.

“I’m extremely proud of our students and staff for achieving this honor,” LCMS principal Todd Weidow said. “We strive to provide the type of learning environment where every student has an opportunity to reach their maximum potential and it’s rewarding to be recognized by the Virginia Board of Education for those efforts.”


LCPS superintendent Doug Straley also applauded the teamwork and collaboration of LCMS staff and students and credited the entire LCMS community for the achievement.


“It took a TEAM effort to earn this award,” Straley said. “Our LCMS team is finding ways to improve each day, whether it’s through new, innovative learning strategies or by providing students with access to more and more courses that help them become college and career-ready. This is an achievement our entire community should take pride in.”


Louisa County Middle School is poised to continue leading the way heading into the 2019-2020 school year. LCMS currently provides its students with access to more high-school level courses than ever before, including CTE classes such as Agriscience, Computer Applications, and Programming.


The school’s curriculum will take another exciting and innovative step forward at the start of the upcoming school year with the grand opening of a Creation Station learning lab. The Creation Station lab will give students access to 3-D Printers, virtual reality headsets, robotics, green screens, and more. Creation Station provides students with a 21st-century learning environment and gives them the opportunity to explore new and emerging technology in an environment that encourages critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration.


During the announcement of the Continuous Improvement Awards on June 20th, VDOE superintendent of public instruction James Lane praised LCMS and other schools who earned the honor for their dedication to excellence in education.


“I congratulate the principals, teachers, support staff and students of all of these schools for the academic successes and hard work these awards represent,” Lane said.


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