The Franklin News-Post|
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer
Three Franklin County elementary schools have been recognized as Title 1 Distinguished Schools for the fifth consecutive year.
Callaway Elementary, Glade Hill Elementary and Lee M. Waid Elementary were again recognized by the Virginia Board of Education (BOE) for meeting all state and federal accountability requirements and achieving average reading and mathematics SOL scores at 60th percentile or higher.
Title 1 schools have a minimum of 35 percent of students eligible for free or reduced-priced meals.
Title 1 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.
"The progress we make in narrowing and ultimately closing achievement gaps depends in large measure on the efforts of teachers, principals and other educators in the commonwealth's Title I schools," said David Foster, BOE president. "The educators in the schools we are honoring today are leading the way. I congratulate them for their success in helping students overcome barriers and achieve at higher levels."
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 success of the teachers and students in these schools is particularly noteworthy given the challenging new mathematics SOL tests that were introduced during the 2011-2012 school year," said Patricia I. Wright, state superintendent of public instruction.
Each school will receive a certificate celebrating its status and achievement.