Four Schools Recognized as Distinguished Schools
OLYMPIA — November 9, 2010 — Four schools in Washington State have been recognized as Title I, Part A Distinguished Schools, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction announced October 29.
Gildo Rey Elementary (Auburn School District) and Whitman Elementary (Spokane School District) each won National Title I, Part A Distinguished School awards. In addition, Logan Elementary (Spokane School District) and Tapteal Elementary (Richland School District) won the same awards at the state level.
The awards are given to schools that have exceptional student performance or that have demonstrated significant progress in closing the achievement gap.
“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, honor 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 Title I, Part A schools, one from each of the following categories:
- Meeting Adequate Yearly Progress for two or more consecutive years, and
- Closing the achievement gap between student groups.
Gildo Rey was selected for closing the achievement gap between student groups, while Whitman was selected for meeting Adequate Yearly Progress for two or more consecutive years. Those schools will each receive $10,000 plus money to be used to send four people to the 2011 National Title I Conference in Tampa, Florida, January 31–February 3, 2011.
Washington State also recognizes two additional schools for the State Title I, Part A Distinguished Schools Award. Logan Elementary was selected for meeting Adequate Yearly Progress for two or more consecutive years, while Tapteal Elementary was selected for closing the achievement gap between student groups. State recipients will each receive $5,000 plus money to be used to send two people to the 2011 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.
National Award Winners
Gildo Rey Elementary School
Auburn School District
Principal: Carol Robin Logan
Spokane School District
Principal: Beverly Lund
State Award Winners
Spokane School District
Principal: Lisa Pacheco
Tapteal Elementary School
Richland School District
Principal: Rhonda Pratt
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.
OSPI Communications Manager
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