Twenty-one Baltimore schools were given a total of $1 million yesterday in cash awards from the state for significant improvement on statewide tests for the past two years.
The schools collected about a third of the $2.75 million that the State Department of Education handed out to schools statewide that showed improvement in the Maryland School Performance Assessment Program tests.
The awards, based on the number of students in a school, ranged from $79,000 for Harlem Park Community Center to $32,000 for Cherry Hill Elementary.
The Westport School, which was taken over by the state this year because of poor performance, was also recognized for its improvement. Ronald A. Peiffer, assistant state superintendent of education, said that the school's elementary grades performed poorly on the test but that the middle school improved. "We are recognizing the middle school," he said.
The other schools receiving awards were: Leith Walk Elementary, Chinquapin Middle, William H. Lemmel Middle, Mount Royal Elementary and Middle, Arlington Elementary, Rognel Heights Elementary, Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle, Pimlico Elementary, Edgecombe Circle Elementary, North Bend Elementary, Coldstream Park Elementary, Moravia Park Primary, Thomas Johnson Elementary, Dr. Carter G. Woodson Elementary, Alexander Hamilton Elementary, City Springs Elementary, John Eager Howard Elementary and Franklin Square Elementary.
Another 39 schools were recognized but did not receive cash awards.