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Five Cleveland County schools recognized as Title I Reward Schools

posted Dec 5, 2014, 7:20 AM by Greg Shull   [ updated Dec 8, 2014, 11:12 AM ]
Bethware, Boiling Springs, Jefferson, North, and Springmore elementaries are among 78 across the state recognized as Title I Reward Schools for the 2014-15 school year. To earn the ‘rewards school’ status, a school must be among the highest 10 percent of all Title I schools in one of two categories:

  • Highest-performing school - A school that has the highest absolute performance over a number of years for the “all students” group and for all subgroups on statewide assessments.
  • High-progress school - A school making the most progress in improving the performance of the “all students” group over a number of years on the statewide assessments.
North Elementary is one of two North Carolina schools that placed in the highest 10 percent in both categories.

“We are excited about the progress we have made and eager to continue our work,” says Amy Moss, principal of North Elementary. “Our students and teachers work hard and our community supports us each and every day.”

North Elementary is in the running to be recognized as a National Title I Distinguished School for holding students to high standards, demonstrating exemplary effectiveness, and for making significant improvements in the “Closing the Achievement Gap” category.

Click here for more information about the National Title I Distinguished School program and the standards that must be met to in order to obtain the recognition.

What is Title I?
According to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Title I is the largest single federal funding source for K-12 education. About half of North Carolina’s traditional and charter public schools are Title I schools and all 115 of the state’s school districts receive Title I funding. Title I grants provide supplemental funds to districts that have high concentrations of students from low-income families to help ensure that all students succeed academically. Schools with at least 40 percent of students from low-income families are eligible to use Title I funds for school-wide programs that serve all children in the school.