NEWS RELEASES 2013-14 :: AUGUST 29, 2013

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Kudos to the 174 Title I schools recently recognized as Title I Reward Schools for 2013-14. From these schools, two will be selected to represent North Carolina in the national Title I Distinguished Schools Program.

State Superintendent June Atkinson congratulated staff and students at these schools saying, "It is imperative that we challenge all students to their highest academic potential, no matter what personal circumstances they may bring to the classroom. Educators at these schools show us that given the right tools, they can help students meet their academic goals."

A Reward School is a Title I school that, based on the most recent data available, has been identified as being among the highest 10 percent of all Title I schools in one of two categories:

  • Highest-performing school. The school has the highest absolute performance over a number of years for all subgroups, including the all students group, on statewide assessments; or
  • High-progress school. The school has made the most progress in improving the performance of the all students group over a number of years on the statewide assessments.

Assessment data from the 2011-12 school year and the two previous years was used to determine which Title I schools were among the top 10 percent.

All Reward Schools are invited to submit portfolios that identify the best practices that contributed to the school's success. Members of the Title I Distinguished Schools Advisory Council will review the portfolios and, along with on-site visits, will determine one school for each category to represent North Carolina in the national Title I Distinguished Schools Program.

Title I is the largest federal education funding program for schools. Its aim is to help students who are behind academically or at risk of falling behind. School funding is based on the number of low-income children, generally those eligible for the free and reduced price lunch program.

The list of 2013-14 Title I Reward Schools is available below.
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About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 160 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.