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Title I Distinguished Schools Recognition Program

Background Info --The purpose of the Title I Distinguished Schools Recognition Program is to identify schools that are:

(1) ensuring that all children have access to effective instructional strategies and challenging academic content; and,

(2) demonstrating success in ensuring that all children, particularly educationally deprived children, make significant progress towards learning that content.

A nominated school may be a schoolwide program or a targeted assistance school.

Each state may nominate two schools for national recognition:

  • One school will represent the state’s Title I schools that have exhibited exceptional student performance for two or more consecutive years.
  • One school will represent the state’s Title I schools that have made the most progress in significantly closing the achievement gap between student groups.

Additional information about this program is available at http://www.titlei.org/dsp.html.

The Title I Distinguished Schools Recognition Program for 2007-2008 will be using new procedures to determine the selected schools. In past years, Distinguished Schools applications were solicited from Title I schools.

The Department has decided that the Blue Ribbon and Title I schools programs have similar selection procedures. Because of this, there will no longer be a Title I Distinguished Schools application distributed for submission.  Instead, under the revised procedures, the staff of the Office of Federal Programs will determine the eligible schools for both programs by using screening criteria (test scores, AYP, poverty data, recognition history, etc.) and approach eligible schools for site visits.

The planned site visits by NCLB consultants and other federal programs staff will occur during September. Finalists will be determined and presented to the Commissioner for approval. The Title I Distinguished Schools will then complete required paperwork that will be forwarded to the national level.

National Title I Distinguished Schools are recognized at the annual NASTID Conference.