COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education
September 18, 2009
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction
Virginia has received information regarding the application process for the 2009-2010 National Title I Distinguished Schools Recognition Program. This program, sponsored by the National Association of State Title I Directors (NASTID), provides an opportunity for Title I schools from every state to be recognized for their educational achievements.
Each state may select two schools for national recognition. Selected schools must have a poverty rate of at least 35 percent. One school may be selected to represent Category 1: school that has exceeded the state's adequate yearly progress (AYP) benchmarks for two or more consecutive years, and one school may be selected to represent Category 2: school that has significantly closed the achievement gap for the No Child Left Behind student subgroups. In addition to meeting these requirements, nominated schools in categories one and two must have been fully accredited for two or more consecutive years, and schools in category two must have met or exceeded the state's AYP targets for two or more consecutive years.
Your school division is invited to nominate one Title I school to represent either of the two categories indicated above. A peer review process will be used to select the two Virginia schools for national recognition. Recipients of these awards will be announced in late October. These two schools will be honored during the 2010 National Title I Conference, January 21-24,2010, in Washington, D.C.
Attachment A contains the application form and instructions. The nomination must be received by Helen M. Tucker, Office of Program Administration and Accountability, Virginia Department of Education, P. O. Box 2120, Richmond, Virginia, 23218-2120 by Wednesday, October 7, 2009. For questions regarding this recognition program, please contact Gabie Frazier, Title I specialist, at (804) 225-2907 or Gabie.Frazier@doe.virginia.gov.