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Evers names 169 Wisconsin Title I Schools of Recognition

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

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Tom McCarthy, DPI Communications Director, (608) 266-3559

MADISON — The 169 public schools all have two things in common: high levels of poverty and remarkable successes in educating their students. They are Wisconsin Title I Schools of Recognition for the 2015-16 school year.

“Congratulations to these schools. They are examples of the academic success we need in all of our schools to close achievement gaps,” said State Superintendent Tony Evers in announcing the Wisconsin Title I Schools of Recognition for the 2015-16 school year. “These awards recognize the work of students and their parents along with teachers, school administrators, and school staff members to break the link between poverty and low academic achievement. Their efforts will help us ensure that every student graduates college and career ready.”

The Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition awards highlight schools that have demonstrated success in educating students from low-income families. To be eligible, schools must receive federal Title I funding to provide services to large numbers or high percentages of economically disadvantaged children and meet other achievement criteria. (See criteria below)

This year’s awards recognize nine High-Achieving schools and 26 High-Progress schools; 11 schools earned both High-Achieving and High-Progress honors. There were 117 Beating-the-Odds schools. One school — Marengo Valley School in the Ashland School District — has earned a School of Recognition award for all 13 years of the program.

Schools meeting criteria in one or more of the three recognition areas will receive a plaque at a March 14 ceremony at the State Capitol. During the awards ceremony, 12 schools will receive flags for earning the Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition award for five consecutive years. This year’s 169 Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition Award recipients are from 109 school districts and two non-district chartering authorities.

Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition Criteria

All schools receive federal Title I aid because they have significant numbers of students from low-income families. They also meet the state’s test-participation, attendance, and dropout goals as well as additional award criteria:

High-Achieving Schools

  • meet all Annual Measurable Objectives for achievement and graduation
  • have achievement gaps that are less than 3 points between student groups or show evidence of reducing gaps
  • demonstrate high achievement at the school level

High-Progress Schools

  • fall within the top 10 percent of schools experiencing growth in reading and mathematics for elementary and middle school students or the top 10 percent of schools with the greatest improvement in high school graduation rates
  • have achievement gaps that are less than 3 points between student groups or show evidence of reducing gaps

Beating-the-Odds Schools

  • are in the top 25 percent of high-poverty schools in the state
  • have above-average student achievement in reading and mathematics when compared to schools from similarly sized districts, schools, grade configurations, and poverty levels

 

NOTES: A list of Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition award recipients by school within district is in the official news release. The number after a school’s name indicates the consecutive years the school has received the recognition award.

Official Release