Washington Elementary Gets $25K Title I Grant

By Emma Koch - 21Alive

Washington Elementary Gets $25K Title I Grant

December 9, 2013 Updated Dec 9, 2013 at 3:53 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- The Indiana Department of Education announced two Title I award grants for Indiana Schools Monday. Miami Elementary School in Lafayette was honored for Exceptional Student Performance for a Title I school. Additionally, Washington Elementary School in Fort Wayne was honored as a Distinguished School for Closing the Achievement Gap.

As a result of their efforts, both schools will receive a $25,000 grant from the Indiana Department of Education and will be invited to present at the next Indiana Title I Conference and attend the National Title I Conference in San Diego in 2014.

“I am excited to recognize the great work that these schools have been doing,” said Glenda Ritz, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction. “Because of the efforts of students, teachers, administrators and parents in these communities, we are seeing evidence that all public schools can achieve exceptional documented gains in student achievement.”

The National Title I Association has been selecting examples of superior Title I school programs for national recognition through the National Title I Distinguished Schools program since 1996. Selected schools must qualify for one of the following categories:

Category 1: Exceptional student performance for two or more consecutive years

Category 2: Closing the achievement gap between student groups

The Indiana Department of Education reviewed all Title I Reward schools for the 2012-2013 school year and identified nine schools for nominations based on the following criteria:

· Student Achievement Data (Exemplary Progress)

· School Letter Grade (2010-2011, 2011-2012) and comparative ISTEP+ Scores (2011-2012, 2012-2013)

· Free and Reduced Lunch population of 35% or higher

Washington Elementary is a culturally diverse school located in the heart of downtown Fort Wayne. It is part of Fort Wayne Community Schools, which is the largest school district in the state of Indiana. Washington is a small community of learners striving to achieve excellence every day. There are 232 students at Washington and over 94% percent of their students receive a free or reduced price lunch making it a school wide Title 1 building.

As an Indiana Title I Reward School, Washington earned an A rating in 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 for its student achievement scores. Washington’s success is attributed to teacher collaborations including analysis of student work, and information from assessment data synthesized to drive common weekly instruction and future skill assessment; weekly building and classroom goals related to the School Improvement Plan; community partnerships; and high expectations of teachers, staff, and students.

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