Three Campuses Named to State's Reward School List

Three Campuses Named to State's Reward School List
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November 3, 2016--Three Amarillo ISD schools have earned a spot on the state’s Title I reward school list of 300 high-performing or high-progress campuses.

Glenwood Elementary, South Lawn Elementary, and Whittier Elementary were recognized in both the high-performing and high-progress reward schools category, the Texas Education Agency said Thursday. The TEA identified the high-performing and high-progress reward schools based on reading and mathematics assessments under the State Accountability System for the 2014-2015 school year.

High-performing reward schools are Title 1 schools with distinctions in reading and math performance, of which the state identified 160 campuses. Distinction designations are awarded in recognition of outstanding achievement in specific areas.

High-progress reward schools are Title I schools which rank in the top 25 percent in annual improvement or in closing performance gaps.  There are 140 campuses classified as high ranking.

“I’m extremely proud of our teachers, our children, and our parents because it takes all three working hand in hand to improve the achievement of our students,” said Whittier Elementary Principal Bea Enevoldsen. “We have looked at the needs of our community and thought how can we improve achievement and then put an action plan into place.”

Amarillo ISD is one of about 20 school districts or charters in each category with more than one campus identified as high progress or high performing.

The Title I school designation qualifies schools with more than 40% of children from low-income families for special federal funding and programs. 

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