Colorado 2012 Title I National Distinguished Schools
Each year, the Federal Programs Unit recognizes two Title I schools that have shown either Exceptional Student Performance or success in Closing the Achievement Gap as measured by the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP). Each school was awarded $10,000 and honored both locally and nationally. In order to be eligible, schools had to demonstrate:
Minority population of at least 30%
Free/reduced population of at least 40%
Student enrollment of at least 200
The 2012 recipients are:
Exceptional Student Performance:
Wiggins Elementary School in Wiggins School District
Wiggins Elementary students consistently score high in Reading, with 76% Proficient/Advanced in 2010, 85% Proficient/Advanced in 2011, and 83 % proficient/advanced in 2012. Wiggins’ math performance is equally impressive. In 2010, 76% of Wiggins students were Proficient/Advanced on CSAP Math, and in 2011 and 2012, 78 percent of Wiggins students were Proficient/Advanced.
Wiggins Elementary School has consistently made AYP in the past and received a Performance rating for its School Performance Framework 2011-12. In 2011-12, Wiggins met all of its academic achievement targets: Reading, Writing, Math and Science. Wiggins exceeded its academic growth targets for Math and Writing, as did its English Learners on CELApro. Economically disadvantaged students met or exceeded their academic growth gap targets in Writing and Math.
Wiggins Elementary School demographic information:
• Poverty rate = 56%
• Minority students = 37%
• Student Enrollment = 284 (K-5)
• Title I Schoolwide School
Wiggins Elementary School Staff
Closing the Achievement Gap:
Montview Elementary School in Aurora Public Schools
Montview excels in math especially, and is the top math performing school in north Aurora. An online math lab affords students access to math exercises and games by content area. Students also have access to literacy, social studies and science sites. Montview went from 66% Proficient and Advanced in math in 2010, to 70% in 2011, to 82% in 2012.
Across the board, Montview Math and Health Sciences’ achievement and growth exceed all but a few within the district. The vast majority (92%) of Montview students are eligible for free or reduced cost meals, and 81% scored Proficient and Advanced on TCAP math in 2012. 86% of Montview’s English learners scored at or above proficient in math.
Montview met its academic achievement targets for math and writing, and exceeded its academic growth targets in reading, writing and math. All Montview disaggregated groups exceeded their academic growth targets.
Montview also received a 2012 CDE Center of Excellence Award for the 3rd year in a row.
Montview Elementary School demographic information:
• Poverty rate = 92%
• Minority students = 90%
• Student Enrollment = 447 (K-5)
• Title I Schoolwide School
Dr. Keith Owen, Deputy Commissioner, Colorado Department of Education; Montview Elementary School students; Principal Michelle Barone; and Aurora Public Schools Superintendent John L. Barry
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