National Title I Distinguished Schools
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The National Title I Distinguished School Program

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.

Selected schools must qualify for one of the following categories:

Category 1:

Exceptional student performance for two or more consecutive years

Category 2:

Closing the achievement gap between student groups
 

New Criteria for 2016 Distinguished Schools Selection

In addition to the two categories listed above, a third catergory will be added to the selection criteria this year, though each state may only name up to two schools. 

Category 3:

Excellence in serving special populations of students (e.g. homeless, migrant, English learners, etc.)

 

2015 National Title I Distinguished Schools


Based on a combination of academic achievement of their students and the creative and innovative programs that contribute to their success, fifty-seven schools were selected by their individual states as National Title I Distinguished Schools in 2015. They joined hundreds of other distinguished schools making a difference for our nation’s Title I children.

These schools demonstrate a wide array of strengths, including team approaches to teaching and learning, focused professional development opportunities for staff, individualized programs for student success and strong partnerships between the school, parents and the community.  What makes National Title I Distinguished Schools’ stories especially powerful are the documented student achievement gains that have resulted from their innovations.

Audio interviews from two schools selected in 2015 can be found here and here.