Four schools in Stafford County and one in Spotsylvania County received distinguished achievement awards from the state Board of Education, a press release from Gov. Ralph Northam announced Wednesday. 

Chancellor Elementary in Spotsylvania and Winding Creek Elementary, Rodney Thompson Middle, Colonial Forge High and Mountain View High in Stafford received the award, which recognizes schools and divisions that “met all state and federal benchmarks and made progress toward the goals of the Governor and the Board of Education.”

Eight divisions and 175 schools in the state earned the award this year. It is the third highest award in the Virginia Index of Performance program. 

The awards are based on student achievement and other performance indicators during the 2017–18

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