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%;
- 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.
These Colorado schools join hundreds of other distinguished schools nationwide making a difference for our Title I children. At award ceremonies at each school in December, Commissioner Dr. Katy Anthes presented each school with their award, including a banner commemorating their incredible achievement and a check for $10,000 for use at the school’s discretion.
Exceptional Student Performance Award
Eads Elementary School
Kiowa County School District RE-1
Superintendent/Elementary Principal Glenn Smith
Eads Elementary has won the 2016 Title I Distinguished School award for Exceptional Student Performance. Eads Elementary had PARCC mean scale scores above 760 for both English Language Arts (ELA) and math, in both 2015 and 2016, indicating the average performance of students tested in the school is above meets or exceeds expectations. Based on this performance, Eads Elementary School had percentile ranks above 90 for both reading and math for both years, indicating they performed better than over 90 percent of elementary schools in the state.
Eads Elementary staff and students receive the 2016 Title I Distinguished School Award.
Closing the Achievement Gap
Wildflower Elementary School
Harrison School District 2
Principal Wendy Godwin
Superintendent Dr. Andre Spencer
From among the more than 750 Title I schools in the state of Colorado, the 2016 Title I Distinguished Schools award for Closing the Achievement Gap was presented to Wildflower Elementary. Wildflower Elementary School had percentile ranks above 80% for both reading/language arts and math in 2016, indicating they performed better than over 80 percent of elementary schools in the state. Wildflower Elementary School closed the achievement gaps of all disaggregated groups in English Language Arts from 2015 to 2016, while improving the achievement of students overall. Wildflower Elementary School also closed the achievement gaps in math for English learners, minority students, and students with disabilities, from 2015 to 2016.
Wildflower Elementary staff and students receive the 2016 Title I Distinguished School Award.
Competitive Grants and Awards