Sixty-five Title I schools received Wisconsin Reward School honors last week to recognize student academic achievement and academic progress. The School District of Janesville is very proud to announce that Jackson and Madison Elementary Schools have received this award! The staff at each building was recognized this week.
“Congratulations to the teachers, school staff members, and families that work to support student achievement in these schools,” said State Superintendent Tony Evers. “These reward schools are models of our Agenda 2017 goals to improve graduation rates, reduce absenteeism and dropout rates, and close college and career-readiness gaps.”
As part of Wisconsin’s federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) waiver request, the Department of Public Instruction is required to identify Title I schools that are among the highest achieving in the state and those that have the most significant improvement in student achievement from one year to the next. Title I is a federal program to support schools serving low-income students.
Schools received recognition as High Achieving or High-Progress, with nine schools earning both designations. To be recognized, schools first must receive Title I aid because they have significant numbers of students from low-income families based on federal free- and reduced-price school meal income guidelines. All reward schools must have minimal achievement gaps on statewide assessments or show evidence of reducing gaps between student groups. Additionally, reward schools must meet the state’s test participation, attendance, and dropout goals.
In addition to the basic criteria, the 11 High-Achieving Rewards Schools earned a “Significantly Exceeds Expectations” accountability score on their Wisconsin School Report Cards and met all Annual Measurable Objectives for all students and all subgroups of students. The High-Progress Reward Schools earned a “Meets Expectations,” “Exceeds Expectations,” or “Significantly Exceeds Expectations” accountability rating on the Wisconsin School Report Card. Additionally, the elementary and middle schools were in the top 10 percent of Title I schools experiencing student achievement growth in reading and mathematics and the high schools were in the top 10 percent of Title I schools with the greatest improvement in graduation rates. There were 45 schools earning High-Progress awards.
This year’s Wisconsin Reward Schools include 55 elementary schools, four high schools, five charter schools, and one intermediate school. Rewards schools received a certificate of achievement signed by the state superintendent. Next fall, the Wisconsin Title I Schools of Recognition and Reward Schools programs will be combined.
The Official Wisconsin Department of Instruction press release can be accessed at the following address: http://dpi.state.wi.us/files/eis/pdf/dpinr2013_19.pdf