Title I awards commend schools for big strides made by poor kids

05/06/2014 12:55 PM

05/06/2014 10:28 PM

Elementary schools in Ceres, Merced, Winton, Columbia and Copperopolis are among the 106 statewide receiving the 2013-14 Title I Academic Achievement Award.

Taking a bow are Sinclear Elementary in Ceres, Luther Burbank Elementary in Merced, Frank Sparkes Elementary in Winton, Columbia Elementary and Copperopolis Elementary in the Mark Twain Union Elementary district. Sinclear also was named a California Distinguished School last week.

“I am proud of what these schools have accomplished under often challenging circumstances,” said state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson in announcing the federal awards Monday. “Their administrators and teachers are committed to giving their students every opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills that will help them in school and throughout their lives.”

The Title I Academic Achievement Award is given to schools receiving federal Title I funds to help low-income children. Of the approximately 10,000 schools in California, more than 6,000 participate in the Title I program.

To receive this distinction, the school must demonstrate that all students are making good progress toward grade-level proficiency gauged by rising state test scores. The school’s low-income students must do especially well, making at least twice the progress sought in standard improvement targets, and they must do so for two years running.

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