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National Title I Distinguished Schools

Since 2006, Colorado, in conjunction with the National Title I Association, has selected examples of superior Title I school programs for recognition through the National Title I Distinguished Schools program. Schools are selected in one of two categories:

  • Category 1: Exceptional Student Performance for Two or More Consecutive Years
  • Category 2: Closing the Achievement Gap between Student Groups

Schools are selected based on a combination of academic achievement of the students in the school and the creative and innovative programs that contribute to their success. These Colorado schools join hundreds of other distinguished schools nationwide making a difference for our Title I children.

The schools demonstrate a wide array of strengths, including team approaches to teaching and learning, focused professional development opportunities for staff, individualized programs for student success, and strong partnerships between the school, parents, and the community. The distinguished schools’ stories are especially powerful through the documented student achievement gains that have resulted from their innovations and hard work.

In order to be eligible, schools must meet the following criteria:

  • Poverty rate of at least 35 percent;
  • Demonstrate high academic achievement for two or more consecutive years;
  • Meet or exceed state criteria for at least two consecutive years.

The Colorado Department of Education, Unit of Federal Program Administration, and the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education salute the Title I Distinguished School awardees; the students, staff, families, and communities.


2017 Recipients

These Colorado schools join hundreds of other distinguished schools nationwide making a difference for our Title I children. In January 2018, Pat Chapman and team presented Eads Elementary School with its award, including a banner commemorating their incredible achievement and a check for $10,000 for use at the school's decretion. In February 2018, during an award ceremony Commissioner Dr. Katy Anthes presented had the honor to present Summit Elementry with its award.

Exceptional Student Performance Award

Eads Elementary School
Kiowa County School District RE-1
Superintendent/Elementary Principal Glenn Smith

Eads Elementary has won the 2017 Title I Distinguished School award for Exceptional Student Performance for TWO years in a row. 

  • Eads Elementary has earned a Performance plan type on the School Performance Frameworks from 2013 through 2017, and received a rating of “Exceeds” for both English language arts and math achievement, on both the 2016 and 2017 school performance frameworks. 
  • Eads Elementary had a Colorado Measure of Academic Success (CMAS) mean scale scores above 760 for both English language arts and math, in both 2016 and 2017, indicating the average performance of all students tested in the school met or exceeded expectations.  Based on this performance, Eads Elementary School had a percentile rank above 95 for both content areas and both years, indicating they performed better than over 95 percent of elementary schools in the state. 

Eads Elementary School

Eads Elementary staff and students receive the 2017 Title I Distinguished School Award.

Closing the Achievement Gap

Summit Elementary School
Woodland Park School District RE-2
Principal Katie Rexford
Superintendent Jed Bowman

The 2017 Title I Distinguished Schools award for Closing the Achievement Gap was presented to Summit Elementary. 

  • Summit Elementary School has consistently earned a Performance plan type on the School Performance Frameworks (SPFs) from 2010 through 2017, and received a rating of “Meets” for both English language arts (ELA) and math achievement, on the 2017 SPF, for all students.
  • Summit Elementary School closed the achievement gaps of all disaggregated student groups in both English Language Arts and Math from 2016 to 2017, while improving the achievement of students overall.  

Summit Elementary School

Summit Elementary staff and students receive the 2017 Title I Distinguished School Award.


Past Recipients of the Title I Distinguished Schools Award

Contact Information:

Kim Burnham
Competitive Grants and Awards
burnham_k@cde.state.co.us
(303) 866-6916

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