December 14, 2007
Ten local schools are among 239 statewide to be named 2007-08 Title I Academic Achievement Award winners. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell announced the winners this week.
Local winners are Addams, Alvarado, Bixby, Edison, Gompers, Keller, Lee, Riley, Signal Hill and Webster elementary schools.
“These outstanding schools have shown that with hard work and tight focus, the challenges of poverty, language, and socio- economic background can be overcome,” O’Connell said.
The awards recognize schools receiving federal Title I funds for socioeconomically disadvantaged students. The schools must demonstrate that all students are making significant progress toward proficiency on California's academic content standards. These standards define the knowledge, concepts and skills students are expected to acquire at each grade level.
The criteria to qualify for the award have become more rigorous each year. Title I schools must demonstrate the achievement level of twice the state-determined schoolwide Academic Performance Index growth target, meet all significant subgroup targets, and achieve twice the API growth target for the socioeconomically disadvantaged subgroup for two consecutive years.
Winning schools also must have attained federal Adequate Yearly Progress targets two years in a row, and at least 40 percent of the enrolled students in each school must meet the poverty index.
The winners will be recognized at an April conference in Century City.