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A “reward school” is a school that, based on the most recent data available, has been identified as among the highest ten percent (10%) of all Title I schools in one of two categories. A reward school is:
- a Title I school considered to have sustained the highest performance on student achievement over a number of years; or
- a Title I school that has made the most progress in improving student achievement over a number of years.
Beginning with the 2012-13 school year, 120 Title I schools comprise the State’s list of reward schools. Eighty-one (81) schools are identified as highest-performing and thirty-nine (39) schools are identified as high-progress. Reward schools will be recognized by the State during the year in which schools are identified.
In order to receive additional recognition, the top ten percent of reward schools are invited to submit portfolios to identify the best practices contributing to the school’s success. These schools will have the opportunity to represent the State in the National Title I Distinguished Schools program. More information about the Title I Distinguished Schools program is here.