State Superintendent Tony Evers announced 167 schools received recognition for success in educating students from low-income families, according to a release.
All 2013-14 academic year award-winning schools receive federal Title I funding to provide services to high numbers or percentages of economically disadvantaged children, officials said.
Schools receive awards based on three categories, according to the release. High-achieving schools meet Annual Measurable Objectives for achievement and graduation, have achievement gaps that are less than three points, and demonstrate high achievement at the school level. High-progress schools fall within the top 10 percent of schools and have achievement gaps less than three points. Beating the Odds Schools are in the top 25 percent of high-poverty schools in the state and have above-average student achievement.
The Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition Award recipients include 14 High-Achieving and 26 High-Progress schools, officials said. Six schools earned awards in both the High-Achieving and High-Progress categories. Throughout the state, 131 elementary schools, 23 middle or junior high schools and 13 high schools earned awards.
“What a great way to start the school year,” Evers said in the release. “By recognizing schools for their success at educating our students, we put the focus where it belongs: on our children.”
An awards ceremony is scheduled at the State Capitol Oct. 8 to recognize the Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition award recipients, according to the release. Each school will receive a plaque and $500 for use by the school.
Nine schools will also be recognized for earning the Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition award for five consecutive years, and five schools will be recognized for receiving the award for 10 consecutive years, officials said. Marengo Valley School in the Ashland School District has earned the award for all 11 years of the program.
“The staff and administration of these schools are committed to breaking the link between poverty and low academic achievement through rigorous programming and attention to student needs,” Evers said. “The partnerships these schools create among teachers, parents, administrators, other school staff members and the community provides an educational environment that supports children’s learning so our students graduate college- and career-ready.”
A full list of Wisconsin Title I Schools of Recognition can be found online.