Superintendent’s Memo #254-12

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

September 14, 2012

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  2012-2013 National Title I Distinguished Schools Recognition Program

Virginia has received information regarding the application process for the 2012-2013 National Title I Distinguished Schools Recognition Program.  This project, sponsored by the National Association of State Title I Directors (NASTID), recognizes qualifying Title I schools from each state for their outstanding achievements in education.  Only two schools per state are selected each year as Distinguished Schools.

In order for a school to qualify for the Distinguished School award it must have:

  1. A poverty rate of at least 35 percent for each of the two most current consecutive school years;
  2. Demonstrated high academic achievements for two or more of the most current consecutive school years;
  3. Met or exceeded federal Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs) for two or more of the most current consecutive school years;
  4. Obtained full state accreditation for the same two or more consecutive years; and
  5. Achieved a mean score at the 60th percentile for both reading and mathematics.

A school may be nominated to represent one of the following categories:

School divisions are 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.  A 2012-2013 National Title I Distinguished Schools Recognition Program intent to submit form, instructions for developing the application, and school participation form are attached.

School divisions wishing to nominate a school should submit an intent-to-apply form by e-mail to NationalTitleIDistinguishedSchools@doe.virginia.gov by Friday, September 28, 2012.  The application must be submitted electronically to the referenced e-mail address by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 9, 2012. On the e-mail subject line, please indicate the school division’s name and the category (example:  Richmond City, Category 1).

Recipients of these awards will be announced by letter in late October.  These two schools will be honored during the 2013 National Title I Conference, January 21-24, 2013, in Nashville, Tennessee.

For questions regarding the national recognition program, please contact Gabie Frazier, Title I specialist, at (804) 225-2907 or Gabie.Frazier@doe.virginia.gov.

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Attachments:

  1. 2012-2013 National Title I Distinguished Schools Recognition Program Participation Intent Form (Word)
  2. 2012-2013 National Title I Distinguished Schools Recognition Program Instructions for Developing the Application (PDF)
  3. 2012-2013 National Title I Distinguished Schools Recognition Participation Form (Word)