The following statement was issued Monday by Fort Wayne Community Schools:
Washington Elementary was honored today as a Title I Distinguished School, one of just two in the state to receive the award from the National Title I Association and Indiana Department of Education.
Washington was recognized for closing the achievement gap between majority and minority students. Washington has consistently scored high in state standardized test passing rates. The news release from the Indiana Department of Education announcing the award stated, “Washington’s success is attributed to teacher collaborations including analysis of student work and information from assessment data synthesized to drive common weekly instruction and future skill assessment; weekly building and classroom goals related to the School Improvement Plan; community partnerships; and high expectations of teachers, staff and students.”
With the designation comes a $25,000 grant from the Indiana Department of Education, and staff will be invited to present at the next Indiana Title I Conference as well as attend the National Title I Conference in San Diego in 2014.
The National Title I Association has been selecting examples of superior Title I school programs for national recognition through the National Title I Distinguished Schools program since 1996.
The Indiana Department of Education reviewed all Title I Reward schools for the 2012-2013 school year and identified nine schools for nominations based on the following criteria:
- Student Achievement Data (Exemplary Progress)
- School Letter Grade (2010-2011, 2011-2012) and comparative ISTEP+ Scores (2011-2012, 2012-2013)
- Free and Reduced Lunch population of 35 percent or higher (Washington’s free/reduced-price lunch rate is 94 percent)