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Schools Win NCLB Achievement Awards

Seven Long Beach Unified School District schools were recently presented national monetary awards totalling $857,935 for high achievement through Title I of the No Child Left Behind Act. LBUSD schools receiving the national awards are Addams, $83,935; Emerson, $129,000; Gompers, $129,000; MacArthur, $129,000; Mann, $129,000; Signal Hill, $129,000; and Robinson, $129,000. They were among only 115 schools in California receiving these funds. The schools may use the money to help maintain excellence and to serve as models for other schools, particularly those designated as Title I Program Improvement Schools. The 2003 criteria for eligibility for the national award include: • a 2002 school year Academic Performance Index (API) score of 675 or higher; • a poverty indicator of at least 50 percent; • achievement of the school's API growth targets in the 2000-02 school years; and • a doubled API growth target for the school and its socio-economically disadvantaged subgroup for two of the previous three years.