Two Maryland elementary schools win National Title I awards

Milbrook in Baltimore County and Grasonville in Queen Anne's receive distinction for student achievement

December 14, 2010|By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun

Elementary schools in Baltimore and Queen Anne's counties have been named National Title I schools, a designation that recognizes high-poverty schools that also have students who have scored well on state tests.

Milbrook Elementary in Baltimore County received the award for its success in moving toward closing the achievement gap and Grasonville Elementary in Queen Anne's County was recognized for sustained high achievement. Each school was awarded a $2,000 check at the Maryland State Board of Education meeting Tuesday.

The state gave out the awards after a review of the test scores of 408 Title I schools. Schools are given the Title I designation based on the percentage of poor students. Title I is the largest federal aid program to schools and it is given to improve student achievement in high-poverty areas.

Both principals said their students were successful because teachers and staff had focused on data as a way to analyze what each child needed to do better.

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