Four Schools Recognized as Title I, Part A Distinguished Schools
OLYMPIA — October 27, 2011 — Four schools in Washington State have been recognized as Title I, Part A Distinguished Schools, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction announced today.
Crownhill Elementary (Bremerton School District) and Evergreen Heights Elementary (Auburn) each won National Title I, Part A Distinguished School awards. In addition, Bemiss Elementary (Spokane) and East Port Orchard Elementary (South Kitsap) won the same awards at the state level.
The awards are given to schools that have exceptional student performance or that have demonstrated that they are closing the achievement gap between student groups.
“I’m very proud of these schools,” said Randy Dorn, State Superintendent of Public Instruction. “The achievements they have made are a shining example to the rest of the state that all kids can learn, even with challenging circumstances.”
The Title I, Part A Distinguished Awards program, which began in 1996, honors Title I, Part A schools for achieving high educational standards. The program is a joint project of the National Title I Association (NASTID) and the U.S. Department of Education.
Every year states select two National Title I, Part A Distinguished schools, one from each of the following categories:
- Exceptional Student Performance for two or more consecutive years (meeting Adequate Yearly Progress for two or more consecutive years), and
- Closing the achievement gap between student groups.
Crownhill Elementary was selected for exceptional student performance meeting Adequate Yearly Progress for two or more consecutive years in mathematics, while Evergreen Heights Elementary was selected for closing the achievement gap between student groups in mathematics. Those schools will each receive $10,000 plus money to be used to send four people to the 2012 National Title I Conference in Seattle, Washington, January 21–24, 2012.
Washington State also recognizes two additional schools for the State Title I, Part A Distinguished Schools Award. Bemiss Elementary was selected for exceptional student performance meeting Adequate Yearly Progress for two or more consecutive years in mathematics, while East Port Orchard Elementary was selected for closing the achievement gap between student groups in mathematics. State recipient’s will each receive $5,000 plus money to be used to send two people to the 2012 National Title I Conference.
The award-winning schools were determined using the following criteria:
- teaching and learning based on the approved state curriculum;
- use of research-based instructional strategies;
- opportunities provided for all students to achieve;
- coordination of Title I program with other programs;
- implementation of sustained research-based professional development and
- established partnerships with parents, families, and the community.
Title I refers to the first chapter of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. It is a series of federal laws that provide financial assistance to states and school districts to meet the needs of educationally at-risk students. Section 1117(b)(2) describes the Title I Distinguished School Award.
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K-12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine Educational Service Districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.
OSPI does not discriminate and provides equal access to its programs and services for all persons without regard to race, color, gender, religion, creed, marital status, national origin, sexual preference/orientation, age, veteran’s status or the presence of any physical, sensory or mental disability.
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