|Release Date: 9/21/2012||Contact: Diana L. Spencer, 410-887-4243|
TOWSON, MD— Seven Baltimore County elementary schools are among the 30 Maryland Title I public schools being honored by the Maryland State Department of Education as “Reward Schools" for their success in improving student achievement. Deer Park and Randallstown elementary schools have been named High Performing Reward Schools for meeting the state’s Annual Measurable Objectives for all racial and special services subgroups for two consecutive years and having a 10 percent or less achievement gap between students in subgroups and the rest of the student body. Sussex Elementary School was deemed a High Progress Reward School for making at least an 18 point gain for all students and having a 10 percent or less gap in performance between any other subgroups. Berkshire, Chadwick, and Powhatan elementary schools were recognized as Distinguished High Performing Reward Schools for meeting the criteria for High Performing Reward Schools and ranking in the top 10 percent of Title I schools. The title of Superlative High Performing Reward School was bestowed upon Dogwood Elementary School. This school met the criteria for High Performing Reward Schools and 50 percent or more of its student population comes from economically disadvantaged households. Title I is a federal grant program authorized through the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to provide additional academic support and learning opportunities to advance the achievement of students in low-income communities.