Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Henry County Schools Receives Title I Distinguished Schools District Award

State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox officially named Henry County Schools as one of Georgia's four Title I Distinguished Districts at the November 4, 2009, State Board of Education Meeting. The Title I Distinguished District award is given to four school systems in four different size categories -- Large District, Medium District, Small District and Very Small District. The Henry County School System, which will receive $50,000 in federal funds, was selected for the large district category.

The awarded districts have closed the achievement gap the most between economically disadvantaged students and students who are not economically disadvantaged in each category. The results of the reading, English language arts and mathematics portions of the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) and the Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT) are used to determine achievement.

"These districts and schools are a prime example of the impact high expectations, hard work and collaboration can have on student achievement," Superintendent Cox said. "I'm thrilled to recognize the educators, students and parents in these schools and school districts."

Title I schools have a significant population of students who are economically disadvantaged and receive federal money to assist with the education of these students. Cox recognized 896 Title I Distinguished Schools. Title I Distinguished Schools have made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) at least three years in a row.

"The Title I Distinguished District Award is an outstanding achievement for our Title I schools. We are honored and pleased to receive this distinction from the Georgia Department of Education, and we know that it is directly related to the hard work and dedication of our Title I principals, teachers, coaches, and support staff," says Assistant Superintendent, Learning and Teaching Greg Benton.

Title I Distinguished Schools that have made AYP for three consecutive years are awarded a certificate, while those who have made AYP four or more years receive a monetary award, paid for out of federal funds. The number of Title I Distinguished Schools has grown significantly since 2003, when 116 schools were recognized.

"This award honors the hard work of all staff involved with Title I students and parents. It reinforces the on-going commitment we have to ensure that our students achieve so that they can some day compete in a global society," says Dr. Sandra Moore, Federal Programs Coordinator.

"I appreciate all the efforts of so many on behalf of student achievement," says Henry County Board of Education Chairman Ray Hudalla. "We are fortunate to have quality faculty and staff whose focus is ensuring the sucess of each student."
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