The Franklin News-Post|
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Friday, April 6, 2012
By JOEL TURNER - Staff Writer
Four Franklin County elementary schools have received National Title I Distinguished School Awards for the past four consecutive years.
The schools are Callaway, Glade Hill, Lee M. Waid and Snow Creek.
Superintendent Charles Lackey highlighted the achievement of the four elementary schools during the presentation of the 2012-2013 school budget.
Title I schools have a minimum of 35 percent of students eligible for free or reduced-priced lunches.
More than half of the students in the four Franklin County elementary schools receive free or reduced-priced lunches. They are Glade Hill (64.1 percent); Snow Creek (68.8 percent); Callaway (55.7 percent); and Lee M. Waid (64.3 percent).
Title I is the largest federal education-funding program. It provides funding for high poverty schools to help students who are behind academically or at risk of falling behind.
Title I Distinguished School Awards are based on meeting Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) standards, high performance and demonstrated improvement of students in reading and math.
Schools are chosen based on the following criteria: •Exceptional student performance in reading and math for the two most current school years.
•Significant progress in closing the achievement gap in reading and math for the two most current school years.
Each year, the National Association of State Title I Directors (NASTID) sponsors the National Title I Distinguished Schools Recognition Program.
Three other Franklin County elementary schools have also received National Title I Distinguished School Awards in recent years, but not four consecutive awards. These three schools are Henry, Rocky Mount and Sontag.
Rocky Mount also received a 2011 National Blue Ribbon Award, which honors schools that are either high performing or have improved student achievement to high levels among disadvantaged students. Improving schools are schools with at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds that have reduced the achievement gap by improving student performance to high levels in reading (English language arts) and mathematics on state assessment tests.
Rocky Mount Elementary was chosen for improving the achievement of disadvantaged students.
Out of 133,000 K-12 schools in the United States, only about 300 are chosen as Blue Ribbon Schools each year.