15 Schools Earn State Title I Awards

The state recently named 15 schools in the Long Beach Unified School District that will receive 2006-07 Title I Academic Achievement Awards. The winners are among 416 statewide eligible to receive the awards this year from state Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell. Title I schools are those that use federal Title I funds to combat the effects of poverty. The purpose of the awards is to recognize schools that exceed national Adequate Yearly Progress goals for two or more consecutive years or significantly close achievement gaps among lower- and higher-achieving students. California’s rigorous criteria require Title I schools to have doubled their state Academic Performance Index (API) growth target for two consecutive years and to have met other performance requirements in English and math. Local schools meeting all of those requirements this year are Bancroft, Birney, Bixby, Buffum, Edison, Emerson, Gompers, Hill, Hudson, Keller, Madison, Mann, Muir, Signal Hill and Tincher. Among the state’s largest 10 school districts, the Long Beach Unified School District posted one of the highest percentages of Title I schools earning this prestigious honor. Winners will be honored Tuesday, April 17 during the state Title I Conference in Costa Mesa.