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NEWS RELEASES 2000-01 :: MAY 16, 2001


Four North Carolina elementary schools were recently recognized as having Outstanding Title I Programs at an awards luncheon held during the International Reading Association's annual meeting in New Orleans, LA.

Carthage Elementary (Moore County), East Elementary (Kings Mountain District), Freedom Trail Elementary (Avery County), and Waccamaw Elementary (Brunswick County), were four of 95 elementary and secondary schools across the country to receive the award. At the luncheon, school representatives received a certificate of merit signed by U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige and a Distinguished Title I School Banner. The U.S. Department of Education presents the awards in partnership with the National Association of State Title I Directors.

The goal of Title I is to improve student achievement by helping schools individualize instruction, make fundamental changes to improve teaching and learning, provide early intervention and employ proven strategies. North Carolina receives $150 million in Title I funds and serves a little over 1,000 schools and nearly 250,000 students.

This year's Title I Recognition Program focused on schools that use school-wide programs and targeted assistance projects to provide effective instruction and challenging academic content for all students. Winning programs provided:

  • opportunities for all children to meet proficient and advanced levels of performance;
  • curriculum and instruction to support achievement of high standards;
  • three years of achievement data that shows improvement;
  • professional development for educators;
  • coordination with other programs; and
  • partnership among schools, parents and communities.

As part of the selection process, the Department of Public Instruction nominated successful projects and an independent panel evaluated their effectiveness in raising student achievement levels. Test scores, grade promotions and courses completed, student self-assessment, teacher and parent ratings, as well as discipline and attendance, were reviewed to measure gains.

For more information on North Carolina's Title I Program, please contact Bill McGrady, section chief, Compensatory Education, DPI, 919.807.3957.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.