J. Michael McGrath Elementary School, in the Newhall School District, was selected as a Title I Academic Achievement Award winner for the fourth year in a row, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced. McGrath joins 208 other California public schools who are being honored with the award.
“These schools have demonstrated exceptional commitment to the education of their students and have achieved impressive results,” said Torlakson. “I congratulate all those who put forth the extra effort that resulted in this prestigious award—school administrators and staffs, teachers, parents, and, of course, the students themselves.”
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The Title I Academic Achievement Award is given only to schools receiving federal Title I funds as authorized by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Title I is the single largest federal educational program for K-12 public education. Title I funds assist schools in meeting the educational needs of students living near or at the poverty level. Of the more than 9,000 schools in California, more than 6,000 of them participate in the Title I program.
The criteria to qualify for the Title I Academic Achievement Award have become more rigorous in recent years. 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.
The 2010-11 awardees will be honored at a reception and banquet at the Disneyland Hotel on May 20, 2011. For more information about the California Title I Academic Achievement Award reception and banquet, please visit the California Department of Education Web site at: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/sr/aa/index.asp .