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Santa Clarita Valley Schools Earn Statewide Honors For Helping Students

Two local schools were chosen from thousands across California for recognition Tuesday.

McGrath Elementary in the Newhall School District and Rio Vista Elementary in the Saugus Union School District were chosen by state Superintendant Tom Torlakson, school officials said Tuesday.  


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State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced that 56 California public schools with sustained progress in academic improvement among low-income students have been chosen for the 2012-13 Title I Academic Achievement Award.

Here’s the list of schools who earned Title I awards at the California Department of Education website.

“These schools serve students facing real challenges, and they’ve risen to meet them through hard work and dedication,” Torlakson said. “It is inspiring to see their students achieve more in the classroom today so they can enjoy more opportunity in the years to come.”

The Title I Academic Achievement Award is given only to schools receiving federal Title I funds as authorized by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Title I, the single largest federal educational program for K-12 public education, assists schools in meeting the educational needs of students living at or below the poverty line. Of the more than 9,900 schools in California, more than 6,000 of them participate in the Title I program.

The criteria to qualify for the Title I award have become more rigorous in recent years. To receive this distinction, the school must demonstrate that all students are making significant progress toward proficiency on California’s academic content standards. Additionally, the school’s socioeconomically disadvantaged students must have doubled the achievement targets set for them for two consecutive years.

The National Title I Association also presents each year two National Title I Distinguished School Awards per state. The awards are given to one Academic Achievement Award winning school that has demonstrated exceptional student performance for two or more consecutive years and to one Academic Achievement Award winning school that made the most progress in closing the achievement gap between student groups.

The CDE acknowledges the financial contributions of Comcast, Wells Fargo, the California State Lottery, the Northern California Carpenters Regional Council, the California Building Industry Association, the California School Boards Association, and Lozano Smith, which will make possible the regional 2013 California school awards ceremonies recognizing the California Distinguished Schools, the Title I Academic Achievement Award Schools, andCalifornia’s nominees for the National Blue Ribbon Schools.

About the California Department of Education
The California Department of Education (
CDE) is a state agency led by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. For more information, please visit http://www.cde.ca.gov or by mobile device at http://m.cde.ca.gov/. You may also follow Superintendent Torlakson on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorlaksonSSPI and Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/CAEducation.


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