Distinguished Title I Schools Named

November 17, 2004

Charleston, W.Va. - West Virginia State Superintendent David Stewart today applauded schools being recognized this year as Title I Distinguished Schools. Two West Virginia Title I Schools have been selected as National Title I Distinguished Schools. The National Association of State Title I Directors will recognize the two West Virginia schools at the National Title I Conference in Atlanta, Ga. in January 2005.  

Edgewood Primary School, located in Brooke County, will be recognized at a National Title I School in the category of High Performing School, based on three years of outstanding student performance for the last three years. Principal Rhonda Combs believes that the heart of a successful learning environment is collaboration, support and trust among all of our stakeholders.  

“We believe that improved teaching, learning and educational outcomes for students can be achieved when teachers come together to collaboratively plan for instructional strategies that not only appropriately meet the needs of all of our students, but challenge them as well,” said Combs.  

To be recognized in the category of Closing The Achievement Gap, is Weirton Heights Elementary School in Hancock County. “The entire staff of Weirton Heights Elementary School shares the belief that all students can learn – the guiding principle of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001,” said principal Irwin Stukins.  

“Through a collaborative effort with special Education, the Title I staff of Weirton Heights Elementary School has developed a curriculum and created an environment to meet the multiple needs of all learners,” Stukins added.  

In addition, 170 West Virginia Title I Schools have met the criteria to be recognized as West Virginia Title I Distinguished Title I Schools for the 2004 school year.  

“The success of these schools is evidence of the outstanding teaching and learning taking place in West Virginia Title I schools,” said Stewart.  

To be recognized as a West Virginia Title I Distinguished School each school must be a Title I schools for at least three years and meet or exceed the state standard on state assessments of reading and mathematics. According to State Title I Director, Keith Butcher, there were 125 Title I schools which met the recognition program criteria in 2003.  

Butcher said the dramatic increase in the number of schools being recognized this year may be due to the implementation of high yield strategies from the West Virginia Framework for School System Success, which is designed to increase student achievement and address the needs of all learners.  

“I believe we are seeing the direct benefit of what can happen when state standards, assessments and classroom teaching are fully aligned,” said Butcher.  

Click here to view a list of the Distinguished Title I schools. http://wvde.state.wv.us/tt/2004/titleIschools.doc  

For more information about Title I schools, contact Keith Butcher, State Title I Director, at (304) 558-7805.  

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