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Four Schools Recognized as Title I, Part A Distinguished Schools
Each to receive $5,000 to $10,000 for efforts in student performance and achievement gap

OLYMPIA — January 8, 2015 — Four schools in Washington state have been recognized as 2014 Title I, Part A Distinguished Schools, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction announced December 3, 2014.

Evergreen Heights Elementary (Auburn School District) and Tillicum Elementary (Clover Park School District) each won National Title I, Part A Distinguished School awards. In addition, Chinook Elementary (Auburn School District) and Discovery Primary (Fife School District) each 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 proud of the work being done at these schools,” said Randy Dorn, State Superintendent of Public Instruction. “Closing the achievement gap takes effort. Making positive changes takes commitment from everyone.”

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, and
  • Closing the achievement gap between student groups.

Schools that won the national awards will each receive $10,000 plus money to be used to send two people to the 2015 National Title I Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, Feb. 5–8, 2015. State award recipients will each receive $5,000 plus money to be used to send two people to the 2015 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.

2014 Title I, Part A Distinguished Schools

National Distinguished Schools
Evergreen Heights Elementary (K–5)
Auburn School District
Anne Gayman, Principal
Closing the achievement gap between student groups—Mathematics

Tillicum Elementary (K–5)
Clover Park School District
Jeff Miller, Principal
Exceptional student performance for two or more years—Reading

State Distinguished Schools
Chinook Elementary (K–5)
Auburn School District
Jennifer Davidson, Principal
Closing the achievement gap between student groups—Reading

Discovery Primary (K–1)
Fife School District
Julie Bartlett, Principal
Exceptional student performance for two or more years—Reading

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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.

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