Big Island Elementary Wins National Honor


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 ESEA Distinguished National Schools for 2021-2022.

Big Island Elementary was selected for outstanding student performance and academic growth for two consecutive years.

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

“Principal Andy Bliss and staff at Big Island Elementary have forged multiple partnerships with community groups to support student academic success 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, Superintendent of Public Instruction of Virginia

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

Both schools will be recognized at the ESEA 2022 National Conference February 16-19, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

ESEA’s most recent reauthorization, the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015, requires states to set long-term and intermediate goals to increase student achievement in reading and math.

ESEA Title I provides funding to all Virginia school divisions for additional educational support to eligible schools and is intended to raise the level of achievement for students at risk of academic failure due to poverty and other factors.


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