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Title I Distinguished Schools Award Program — National and State

Exceptional student performance for two or more consecutive years or significant closing of the achievement gap between student groups are the two criteria for a Title I Distinguished Schools Award. Watch this page for information about the 2015 Distinguished Schools Award. Applications are due in the fall of the current school year.

Eligible Schools

  • Receive Title I, Part A funds
  • Evidence a poverty rate of 35 percent or higher for the 2014–15 school year.
  • Previous — 2013-14 — national award winners are not eligible for a national or state Title I Distinguished School Award for two years.
  • Previous — 2013-14 — state award winners who apply are eligible only for the national award.

Performance Criteria
Use data from the 2010-2011 and 2013-2014 school years.

Exceptional Student Performance

  1. Enrollment = 30 and Above. As reported by the Washington State Report Card, a school must have exceeded Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) targets in all cells — reading and math across all student groups — for school years 2010-2011 and 2013-2014.
  2. Enrollment = Less Than 30. Must have an OSPI-approved school improvement plan.
Closing the Achievement Gap
  1. Enrollment = 30 and Above. Significant closing of the achievement gap between student groups in reading and math for school years 2010-2011 and 2013-2014. To qualify, all student groups must make AYP.
  2. Enrollment = Less Than 30. Must have a current OSPI-approved school improvement plan.

Selection Process
We convene a committee of people in the field of education, who evaluate the applications and select the winners.

Winner Recognition
Staff from the two national award-winning schools will be recognized at the 2015 National Title I Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. State winners will attend the conference. All winners receive state recognition. Each national award winner receives $10,000. Each state winner receives $5,000.

Contact Larry Fazzari, 360-725-6189.


National 2015-16 Award Winners
Leonard M. Jennings Elementary School
Colfax School District

Nooksack Elementary School
Nooksack School District

State 2015-16 Award Winners
Martin Sortun Elementary
Kent School District

Chambers Elementary
University Place School District

Neah Bay Elementary
Cape Flattery School District

Academic Achievement Award
Evergreen Heights Elementary
Auburn School District

Award Winners 2003 to 2015

   Updated 7/8/2016

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