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Fall River Elementary School students perform a patriotic song during the Fall River Veterans Day program Nov. 9. Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction honored the school with an award May 20.

Wisconsin Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor announced 114 Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition awards for 2019, an honor that recognizes success in educating students from families who are economically disadvantaged.

Fall River Elementary School was recognized as a High Progress School, while Lincoln and Jefferson elementary schools in the Beaver Dam Unified School District were named Beating the Odds Schools.

“Students living in poverty often find themselves standing outside the dreams we hold for our youth,” Stanford Taylor said. “To bring students back into the dream requires skill, knowledge, and commitment. Thank you, educators, support staff, families, partners –everyone who helped schools earn these awards. You are building a better future for your students and our state.”

The award-winning schools are among those receiving federal Title I funding to provide services to high numbers or high percentages of economically disadvantaged children. During the May 20 ceremony at the State Capitol, the state superintendent recognized 19 High-Achieving schools, 23 High-Progress schools, and 81 Beating-the-Odds schools; nine schools achieved in Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition Criteria Schools receive federal Title I aid when they have significant numbers of students from low-income families. The schools that earn recognition also must meet the state’s test-participation, attendance, and dropout goals as well as the following additional award criteria. Data used to determine the awards is from the 2017-18 school year. High-Achieving Schools have achievement gaps that are less than three points between student groups or show evidence of reducing gaps; and demonstrate high achievement at the school level. High-Progress Schools fall within the top 10 percent of schools experiencing growth in reading and mathematics for elementary and middle school students, or the top 10 percent of schools with the greatest improvement in high school graduation rates; and have achievement gaps that are less than three points between student groups or show evidence of reducing gaps. Beating-the-Odds Schools are in the top 25 percent of high-poverty schools in the state; and have above-average student achievement in reading and mathematics when compared to schools from similarly sized districts, schools, grade configurations, and poverty levels.

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