NEWS RELEASES 2014-15 :: OCTOBER 21, 2014


Congratulations to the 78 Title I schools recently recognized as Title I Reward Schools for 2014-15. From these schools, two will be selected to represent North Carolina in the national Title I Distinguished Schools Program.

State Superintendent June Atkinson congratulated staff and students at these schools saying, "It is no small accomplishment when high poverty schools are recognized for strong student achievement. By maintaining high expectations and engaging in hard work, these Title I schools collectively demonstrate the belief that all children can learn."

A Reward School is a Title I school that, based on the most recent data available, has been identified as being among the highest 10 percent of all Title I schools in one of two categories:

  • Highest-performing school. The school has the highest absolute performance over a number of years for all subgroups, including the "all students" group, on statewide assessments; or
  • High-progress school. The school has made the most progress in improving the performance of the "all students" group over a number of years on statewide assessments.

Schools were selected for recognition based on assessment data from the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years.

The top 10 percent of Reward Schools are invited to submit portfolios that identify the best practices that contributed to the school’s success. Members of the Title I Distinguished Schools Advisory Council will review the portfolios and, along with on-site visits, will determine one school for each category to represent North Carolina in the national Title I Distinguished Schools Program.

Title I is the largest federal education funding program for schools. Its aim is to help students who are behind academically or at risk of falling behind. School funding is based on the number of low-income children, generally those eligible for the free and reduced price lunch program.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 160 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.