Four in county are Title I Reward Schools

Sep. 07, 2013 @ 05:11 PM

In North Carolina, 174 schools were recognized as Title I Reward Schools this year.

Among those 174 are Rocky River, Rock Rest, Sardis and Wingate Elementary Schools. 

A Reward School is a school that has been identified as being among the highest 10 percent of all Title I schools in one of two categories. They are either among the top 10 percent as a highest-performing school, where the school has the highest absolutely performance over a number of years for all subgroups or among the top 10 percent as a high-progress school, where the school has made the most progress in improving the performance of students over a number of years on statewide assessments.

Rocky River and Rock Rest Elementary Schools were recognized as progress schools and Sardis and Wingate Elementary Schools were recognized as performance schools, Bill Cook, director of federal programs, said. 

“Any time a school is recognized for improving and increasing student achievement, we have to celebrate that, no matter what school,” Cook said. “I think it’s an opportunity for us to recognize the hard work each and every day.” 

Cook said he looks at the two categories as overall performance and the progress gap is closing the gap in student achievement. 

“Title I schools have a good number of challenges, as do all schools...these schools, they are in essence, accelerating the student learning and achievement of their students at a higher rate than most are,” Cook said. “We’re very fortunate to have four schools being recognized in the top 10 percent.” 

He noted that the other five Title I schools are also doing great things and working hard. 

“Their staff are giving tremendous support to their children,” Cook said. 

Union County Public Schools uses Title I funding on the elementary school level only. Middle and high schools that meet the standards receive equal support through other funding. The system currently has 10 Title I schools, a new school was added this year.

“We’re so proud of the work that the staff are doing with their community and the leadership with the administration all throughout the school is very supportive,” Cook said. “Obviously, when you’re at the top...it just should bring great pride to the staff, and to the students and those communities.”

These four schools are among the top 10 percent of schools in the state. 

“It is imperative that we challenge all students to their highest academic potential, no matter what personal circumstances they may bring to the classroom. Educators at these schools show us that given the right tools, they can help students meet their academic goals,” State Superintendent June Atkinson said in a statement.