Newhall Elementary School has been recognized by the State of California as a Title 1 Academic Achievement Award winner. Schools received notice of this award on January 8th from the California Department of Education.
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) requires all states receiving Title I funds to establish a program that recognizes Title I schools that exceed Adequate Yearly Progress for two or more years or significantly close the achievement gap among numerically significant subgroups. In addition to these federal law requirements, California’s program has been designed to identify and honor Title I schools that have also doubled their Academic Performance Index (API) growth target for two consecutive years, and that meet a designated median API score in both English-language arts and mathematics.
Newhall School’s API grew by 14 points over last year and is now at 812. The school has made Adequate Yearly Progress for over two years.
Timothy Lankford, principal of Newhall Elementary said " I'm very excited, most importantly for the students who are receiving these Title 1 services." He added; It recognizes that the students are learning."
Lankford credits the schools success to their focus on the 3 r's. Respect, Responsibility and Results.
Title 1 is a federal compensatory education program for schools with high percentages of students living in poverty. Sixty-six percent (66%) of Newhall School’s student population participates in the federal free and reduced lunch program. The school has had a long history of educational excellence and in the past has been both a federal Blue Ribbon School and a State Distinguished School on multiple occasions.
“This is one more feather in Newhall School’s cap,” said Marc Winger, superintendent. “The award is especially meaningful because of its focus on students in the most academic need. The staff at Newhall always keeps all students’ needs and achievement front and center.”
Title I Academic Achievement Award (AAA) schools will be recognized at the annual State Title I Conference. As a result of their distinguished accomplishments, awardees are also encouraged to serve as models for and provide support to other schools.
More information about this recognition program can be found at www.cde.ca.gov