Two Schools Named Distinguished Title I Schools

February 14, 2005

Charleston, W.Va. - Two West Virginia schools were among 36 other schools honored at an awards breakfast in Atlanta, Ga., in February for being named Distinguished Title I schools.  

Edgewood Primary School, in Brooke County, was named for its exceptional student performance for two or more consecutive years, and Weirton Heights Elementary School, in Hancock County, was named for closing the achievement between student groups.  

“With the help of the Title I program, these academically outstanding schools have not allowed poverty to stand in the way of success,” said State Schools Superintendent David Stewart.  

Both of these schools had to demonstrate strength in several areas including strong professional development, curriculum and instruction to support achievement of high standards and partnerships among schools, parents and communities. The schools were also required to submit the last three years of achievement data and a one-page school description.  

Title I is the largest federal-aid program in K-12 education. Since 1965 the federal program has served more than 150 million children in need of extra academic support in reading, writing and math. Title I schools not only concentrate on the academics, but also work on character, citizenship, appreciation of the arts and community spirit.

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