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Osbourn High School Earns Virginia Board of Education’s Continuous Improvement Award

OHS recognized for significant increases in graduation rates and decreases in dropout rates over a three-year span

May 2, 2024 — The Virginia Board of Education has recognizedContinuous Improvement Exemplar Award banner Osbourn High School with a Continuous Improvement Award for the 2023-2024 school year. Osbourn was selected for the award based on its increases in graduation rates and decreases in dropout rates.

According to the Virginia Department of Education, recognition in the Exemplar Awards program is one of the highest achievements a school can receive in the Commonwealth. Dr. Lisa Coons, Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction, applauded the collaborative efforts of school staff, students, and the community, emphasizing the positive educational outcomes for all students.

Dr. Kevin Newman, Superintendent of Schools, expressed pride in Osbourn’s accomplishment, stating, “The staff’s hard work and commitment to student success have paid off with increased graduation rates and decreased dropout rates.” 

To qualify for the award based on graduation, schools had to demonstrate improvements in the Graduation and Completion Index (GCI) for each of the past three years considered (2028-19, 2021-22, and 2022-23), with a total increase across the three years of four percent or more; and demonstrate a decrease in the dropout rate for each of the past three years, with the total reduction across the three years of 15 percent or more of the first year’s dropout rate.  Osbourn High School improved from a GCI of 79.2 in 2018-19 to a GCI of 90.3 in 2022-23 and reduced the dropout rate from 15.65% in 2018-19 to 7.3% in 2022-23. These improvements were due to targeted efforts to provide pathways and options for students to keep them in school and on the path to graduation. 

Craig Gfeller, Executive Director of Student Achievement for MCPS, emphasized the significance of these achievements, remarking, “With rising graduation rates and declining dropout rates, OHS staff are paving the way for a brighter future for our students.”