Patrick Henry K-8 School is among 106 public schools recently named 2013-14 Title I Academic Achievement Award winners by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. The award goes to schools that, despite having significant numbers of disadvantaged students, continue to make exemplary progress.
"I am proud of what these schools have accomplished under often challenging circumstances," Torlakson said. "Their administrators and teachers are committed to giving their students every opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills that will help them in school and throughout their lives."
The Title I Academic Achievement Award is given to schools receiving federal Title I funds as authorized by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Title I, the single largest federal educational program for K-12 public education, helps schools to meet the needs of students living at or below the poverty line.
Of the roughly 10,000 schools in California, more than 6,000 of them participate in the Title I program.
To receive this distinction, the school must demonstrate that all students are making significant progress toward proficiency on California's academic content standards. The school's socioeconomically disadvantaged students must have doubled the achievement targets set for them for two consecutive years.