2008-09 Title I Academic Achievement Award Schools
SACRAMENTO — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell today announced that 200 California schools have been selected for the 2008-09 Title I Academic Achievement Award. They represent 88 school districts in 27 counties. The list of winners is attached.
Gordon J. Lau Elementary
Edward R. Taylor Elementary
Francis Scott Key Elementary
Yick Wo Elementary
Visitacion Valley Elementary
John Yehall Chin (Elem)
"These schools deserve high praise for improving student achievement," said O'Connell. “They have addressed barriers to student success and were able to create a school environment conducive to learning. I congratulate the teachers, staff, paraprofessionals, parents, and students who all worked hard this past year to improve. I hold these schools up as models for their success in ensuring that all students without regard to race, economic status, or physical or mental challenges are given the kind of education that allows them to achieve to their fullest potential."
The Title I Academic Achievement Award may be given only to schools receiving federal Title1 funds as authorized by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. To be eligible for the Title I Schoolwide Program, a school must enroll 40 percent or more of socioeconomically disadvantaged students. For more information about the Title I Schoolwide Program, please visit: Schoolwide Programs - Title I.
To meet the criteria for this distinction, the school must demonstrate that all students are making significant progress toward proficiency on California's academic content standards. Additionally, the school's socioeconomically disadvantaged students must have doubled the achievement targets set for them for two consecutive years. For more information about the Title I Academic Achievement Awards please visit: Academic Achievement Awards - School/Teacher Recognition.
Title I is a part of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 and is the single largest federal educational program for K-12 public education. Of the more than 9,000 schools in California, more than 6,000 of them participate in the Title I program.
Prior to his public announcement, O'Connell personally called the principal at each school to inform them of their selection. “They were extremely excited at hearing the news and equally proud of being recognized for their hard work and success," said O'Connell. “It was inspiring to talk to them and share in this extraordinary moment."
The 200 awardees will be honored at a special award ceremony held in conjunction with the annual California Title I Conference scheduled for April 27-28, 2009, at the Anaheim Marriott Hotel in Anaheim. For more information about the California Title I Conference, please visit Title I Conference Information for 2009 - Improving Academic Achievement.