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King George Elementary recognized by Va. as a Distinguished Title I school

King George Elementary School was recognized by the state last week as one of 57 Title I schools honored for raising the academic achievement of its economically disadvantaged students over the last two years.

Title I of ESEA provides funding to school divisions and schools for programs to raise the achievement of students identified as being at risk of academic failure.

The federal education law, whose most recent reauthorization is also known as the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, requires schools and school divisions to meet annual objectives for increasing student achievement on statewide assessments in reading/language arts and mathematics.

The Jan. 2 announcement noted that the recognition that included King George Elementary School was based on student performance on Standards of Learning (SOL) assessments during the last two school years, 2012-13 and 2011-12.

The Virginia Board of Education recognized two schools as Title I Highly Distinguished schools and 55 schools as Title I Distinguished schools.

King George was one of the 55 Title I Distinguished schools and will receive a certificate celebrating its status and achievement.

Title I Distinguished schools achieved the recognition for meeting all state and federal accountability requirements under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) for two consecutive years, in addition to achieving Virginia’s reading and mathematics SOL pass rates at the 60th percentile or higher.

Board of Education President David Foster commended the teachers, principals and other educators in the recognized schools for helping students meet the state’s benchmarks for grade-level achievement in reading and mathematics.

Foster said, “Virginia’s new SOL tests, which emphasize the application of content knowledge and critical thinking, set a higher bar. And the students in these schools are better prepared for having met it.”

Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright said of Title I teachers, “They believe in their students and reject the idea that family incomes predetermine educational outcomes.”

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