COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 184

September 17, 2004

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Title I Distinguished Schools Recognition

 

National Title I Distinguished Schools

The National Association of State Title I Directors, through its National Title I Distinguished Schools Recognition Program, invites each state to nominate one Title I school that has exhibited exceptional student performance for two or more consecutive years and one school that has made the most progress in significantly closing the achievement gap between the No Child Left Behind student subgroups. Selected schools will represent the state in these important categories.

 

Your school division is invited to nominate one Title I school to represent either of the categories indicated above. A peer review process will be used to select the two Virginia schools for national recognition. These schools will be presented at the National Title I Conference scheduled for January 29 February 1, 2005, in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

Attachment A contains information the applicant will need to complete the submission process. Nominations must be submitted by October 8, 2004.

 

State Title I Distinguished Schools

Section 1117 (b)(2) of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 requires states to establish a program to recognize schools that meet the following criteria. The criteria are: 1) significantly close the achievement gap between the subgroups of students as defined by the state; and 2) exceed the adequate yearly progress targets as set by the state for two or more consecutive years.

In order to comply with the federal requirement, Virginia will establish State Title I Distinguished Schools for the 2004-2005 school year by determining which Title I schools meet the criteria specified above. All Title I schools that meet or exceed the criteria will be eligible for consideration as a State Title I Distinguished School. Schools will not be required to submit an application to be considered as a State Title I Distinguished School, but instead will be notified by the state regarding their award.

 

If you have any questions, please contact Gabie Frazier by telephone at (804) 225-2907 or by e-mail at gfrazier@mail.vak12ed.edu.

 

 

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