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NEWS RELEASES 1999-00 :: MAY 9, 2000


Three North Carolina elementary schools and one middle school were recently recognized as having Outstanding Title I Programs at an awards luncheon held during the International Reading Association's annual meeting in Indianapolis, Ind.

Beech Mountain Elementary School (Avery County), Goldsboro Middle School (Wayne County), Hoffman Elementary School (Richmond County), and Walnut Elementary School (Madison County), were four of 99 elementary and secondary schools across the country to receive the award. At the luncheon, school representatives received a certificate of merit signed by U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley and a Distinguished Title I School Banner. The U.S. Department of Education presents the awards in partnership with the National Association of State Title I Directors.

The goal of Title I is to improve student achievement by helping schools upgrade curriculum, extend learning time, provide professional development for teachers, support teacher salaries, and purchase equipment. North Carolina receives $146 million in Title I funds and serves a little over 1,000 schools and nearly 250,000 students.

This year's Title I Recognition Program focused on schools that use school-wide programs and targeted assistance projects to provide effective instruction and challenging academic content for all students. Winning programs provided:

  • opportunities for all children to meet proficient and advanced levels of performance;
  • professional development for educators;
  • coordination with other programs;
  • curriculum and instruction to support achievement of high standards;
  • partnership among schools, parents and communities; and
  • three years of successful achievement data.

As part of the selection process, the Department of Public Instruction nominated successful projects and an independent panel evaluated their effectiveness in raising student achievement levels. Test scores, grade promotions and courses completed, student self-assessment, teacher and parent ratings, as well as discipline and attendance, were reviewed to measure gains.

For more information on North Carolina's Title I Program, please contact Bill McGrady, section chief, Compensatory Education, DPI, 919./807.3957.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.