The purpose of the program is to honor schools across the country for their innovation in helping Title I populations achieve high educational standards.
The Texas Commissioner of Education has the opportunity to nominate two schools to receive this award from the National Association of State Title I Directors (NASTID).
The winners will be honored at the National Title I Conference in Tampa, Florida on Jan. 31, and will be featured in a publication that describes all of the National Title I Award winners.
“We are very excited to be nominated for consideration for the National Title I Distinguished School award. There are only six schools in the state being considered. Out of the six schools two will be chosen to represent Texas,” said George West Primary Principal Pat James.
To be considered for nomination this year, schools must meet the following criteria:
*campus is designated as a Title I, Part A Campus for 2010-2011, 2009-2010, 2008-2009;
*campus poverty level is 40% or greater in 2010-2011;
*campus meets AYP in 2010, 2009;
*campus is Exemplary in Spring 2010;
*campus is Exemplary in Spring 2009 and greater than or equal to 65% Commended Performance in Reading and Math
*campus is Exemplary in Spring 2008.
George West Primary will undergo a peer review visit on Sept. 16 that will examine the overall academic program at the school, and will interview teachers, administrators, support staff, and parents.
The peer review team will also observe some classrooms and review the information submitted by the primary school.
“We were one of two schools in the state to receive this award in 2007. We received the nomination this year because of the large percentage of our students who have met the commended performance standard on TAKS the last two years,” James added.