The 169 public schools all have two things in common: high levels of poverty and remarkable successes in educating their students. They are Wisconsin Title I Schools of Recognition for the 2015-16 school year.
“Congratulations to these schools. They are examples of the academic success we need in all of our schools to close achievement gaps,” said State Superintendent Tony Evers in announcing the Wisconsin Title I Schools of Recognition for the 2015-16 school year. “These awards recognize the work of students and their parents along with teachers, school administrators, and school staff members to break the link between poverty and low academic achievement. Their efforts will help us ensure that every student graduates college and career ready.”
Maplewood Elementary School is among this year’s recipients that recognize nine High-Achieving schools and 26 High-Progress schools; 11 schools earned both High-Achieving and High-Progress honors. There were 117 Beating-the-Odds schools. One school — Marengo Valley School in the Ashland School District — has earned a School of Recognition award for all 13 years of the program.
“I am so proud of the work of these professionals and of the tireless efforts of all of our staff members. It is increasingly difficult to reach the benchmarks required for this award and it is an honor to have a school recognized again this year,” Sparta Area School District Superintendent John Hendricks said.
The Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition awards highlight schools that have demonstrated success in educating students from low-income families. To be eligible, schools must receive federal Title I funding to provide services to large numbers or high percentages of economically disadvantaged children and meet other achievement criteria.
Schools meeting criteria in one or more of the three recognition areas will receive a plaque at a March 14 ceremony at the State Capitol. During the awards ceremony, 12 schools will receive flags for earning the Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition award for five consecutive years. This year’s 169 Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition Award recipients are from 109 school districts and two non-district chartering authorities.
Maplewood received the recognition for being a Beating-The-Odds School, which means it is in the top 25 percent of high-poverty schools in the state and has above-average student achievement in reading and mathematics when compared to schools from similarly sized districts, schools, grade configurations, and poverty levels.
“This award embodies our District’s motto ‘Good people. Great schools.’ There is no way to create a great school without a good staff, and the entire staff at Maplewood work together as a team to create a culture of learning. Everyone works extremely hard to meet the individual needs of our students and families while striving for continuous improvement. It is an honor to be recognized and rewarding to know that all of our dedication pays off,” Principal Pat Olbert said.