By Gary Sabol, Community Relations Manager
Oakwood Elementary School is one of four schools in the state to be recognized as a Title I, Part A Distinguished School by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) for closing the achievement gap between student groups in reading. According to OSPI, the awards are given to schools that have exceptional student performance or that have demonstrated they are closing the achievement gap between student groups. Oakwood will receive $5,000 plus funding to send two Oakwood teachers to the 2014 National Title I Conference in San Diego next month.
“I am incredibly proud of the staff and students at our school,” said Oakwood principal John Mitchell. “This award shows the hard work and dedication they put into all they do. They are all very deserving of this award.”
The Title I, Part A Distinguished Awards program, which began in 1996, honors Title I, Part A schools for achieving high educational standards. The program is a joint project of the National Title I Association (NASTID) and the U.S. Department of Education.
Title I refers to the first chapter of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. It is a series of federal laws that provide financial assistance to states and school districts to meet the needs of educationally at-risk students.
Stevenson Elementary (Stevenson-Carson School District), along with Oakwood, won the award at the state level. Madison Elementary (Everett School District) and Neah Bay Elementary (Cape Flattery School District) each won the national version of the award.