Schools of Recognition

Overview 

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Since 2003, DPI has recognized Title I-eligible schools which have, under the Federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, met the following criteria:​ are in the top quartile of the state for the percentage of students receiving free/reduced lunch; have above-average student academic performance on state test scores in reading and mathematics when compared to similar schools; fall into one of the top three Accountability Index categories on the School Report Card; and meet the state's test-participation, attendance, and dropout goals.  

Schools of Recognition Ceremony for 2015-16

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The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requires DPI to identify 2014-15 Schools of Recognition using the Badger Exam results. Since the Badger Exam was administered in the spring of 2015, results will not be available until the fall of 2015. DPI anticipates contacting Schools of Recognition early in the spring of 2016 and the ceremony will be held on March 14, 2016

2014-15 Schools of Recognition

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A total of 173 schools received the Schools of Recognition award for 2014-15. Three schools earned Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition honors for 10 consecutive years, and 10 schools earned the award for a fifth consecutive year. One school — Marengo Valley School in the Ashland School District — has earned the award for all 13 years of the program These schools were recognized at an awards ceremony at the State Capitol. 

Click here to see the Wisconsin Schools of Recognition Past Honorees

High Progress and High Achieving Schools

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Beginning in 2012-13, DPI expanded the Title I Rewards Program to include High Progress and High-Achieving Schools. This expansion represents Title I schools that will serve as a model for all schools across the state striving to meet our nation’s new accountability measures and Wisconsin’s Agenda 2017 goals to improve graduation rates and close college and career readiness gaps.

 

To be eligible for a Title I High-Achieving Award, schools:
  • are Title I–receiving;
  • earned a rating of Significantly Exceeds Expectations on the Wisconsin School Report Card;
  • met all Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs) in achievement and graduation for all students and student subgroups;
  • have minimal achievement gaps or show evidence of reducing gaps between student subgroups; and
  • met all test participation, absenteeism, and dropout Student Engagement Indicator goals.

To be eligible for a Title I High-Progress Award, schools

  • are Title I-receiving;
  • earned a rating of Significantly Exceeds, Exceeds, or Meets Expectations on the Wisconsin School Report Card;
  • must fall within the top 10 percent of Title I schools experiencing student growth in reading and mathematics (elementary/middle schools) or top 10 percent of schools with greatest improvement in graduation rates (high schools);
  • have minimal achievement gaps or show evidence of reducing gaps between student subgroups; and
  • met all test participation, absenteeism, and dropout Student Engagement Indicator goals.

2014-15 Title I Schools of Recognition, including High-Achieving and High-Progress Schools.

2013-14 Title I Schools of Recognition, including High-Achieving and High-Progress Schools.

2012-13 Title I High-Achieving and High-Progress Schools.

 For questions about this information, contact the Title I and School Support Team (608) 267-3721