DATE: January 31, 2018
Washington D.C. – Sixty-three U.S. schools have been named 2017 National Title I Distinguished Schools either for exceptional student performance overall, for significantly closing the achievement gap between student groups, or for excellence in serving special populations of students.
A project of the National Title I Association, the National Title I Distinguished Schools Program publicly recognizes qualifying Title I schools for the outstanding academic achievements of their students. We celebrate the efforts of schools across the country making significant improvements. The program has been in place since 1996, acknowledging the success of hundreds of schools in one of three categories:
- Category 1: Exceptional student performance for two consecutive years
- Category 2: Closing the achievement gap between student groups
- Category 3: Excellence in serving special populations of students (e.g. homelessness, migrant, English learners, etc.)
Title I is the cornerstone of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. It is the largest federally funded pre-college education program in the United States and provides funding to school districts to aid in the education of economically disadvantaged students.
The National Title I Association implemented the National Title I Distinguished Schools Program to highlight selected schools that have successfully used their Title I federal funds to improve the education for economically disadvantaged students. More information about all National Title I Distinguished Schools is available on the National Title I Association website: www.titlei.org.
The 2017 Distinguished Schools will be honored February 9, 2018 at the 2018 National Title I Conference in Philadelphia, PA. Download List of 2017 Schools. (States not listed did not participate in 2017.)