Addams, Buffum, Henry and Madison schools recently earned the Title I Academic Achievement Award. The award goes to schools that, despite having large numbers of disadvantaged students, continue to make exemplary progress.
"These schools have demonstrated exceptional commitment to the education of their students and have achieved impressive results," said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, who announced the winners. "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."
The Title I Academic Achievement Award is given only to schools receiving federal Title I funds. Title I is the largest federal program for K-12 public education. Title I funds help schools meet the educational needs of students living near or at the poverty level.
One of the local winners, Buffum Elementary School, will be closed down next school year due declining enrollment and the state's ongoing, multi-billion-dollar cuts to public education.
To meet the award criteria, schools must demonstrate that all students are making significant progress toward proficiency on California's academic content standards. The school's socioeconomically disadvantaged students also must have doubled the achievement targets set for them for two consecutive years.
Winners will be honored at a reception and banquet at the Disneyland Hotel on May 20.