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Greenway Elementary earns Title I Distinguished School honor

Beaverton school is one of two Oregon schools given national recognition


Beaverton's Greenway Elementary School is setting the standard for Oregon.

Deputy Superintendent Rob Saxton announced Tuesday that Greenway was one of two Oregon schools named 2012 Title I Distinguished Schools under the federal Title I Distinguished Schools Program.

For over a decade, this program has honored schools across the country for their innovation in helping low-income students achieve at high levels.  Schools are recognized in the areas of exceptional student performance and closing the achievement gap.

Oregon’s other 2012 Title I Distinguished Schools is John Muir School in the Ashland School District. Both schools were also designated Model Schools this summer under Oregon's new accountability system. 

“We can all learn from John Muir and Greenway,” Saxton said. “These schools are showing us that with high standards, excellent instruction, and a focus on individual kids, all students can learn, grow and achieve at high levels regardless of race or income. I want to congratulate these two schools on this well-deserved recognition.”

Greenway Elementary was recognized as a Title I Distinguished School in the area of Closing the Achievement Gap. Almost three-quarters of Greenway’s students are eligible for free and reduced lunch, over half are students of color and more than a third are English language learners. The school has made significant progress in closing the achievement gap for their low-income and Hispanic students, and in fifth-grade math, the school has successfully eliminated the achievement gap for their Hispanic students. Overall achievement at the school is well above district and state averages.

John Muir School was recognized as a Title I Distinguished School in the area of Exceptional Student Performance. John Muir is a K- 8 magnet school with a focus on outdoor education, the natural sciences and the arts. With 58 percent of students eligible for free and reduced lunch, the school has a higher proportion of low-income students than the state overall, but John Muir students consistently score well above the state average in both reading and math. John Muir has received an “Outstanding” on the Oregon School Report Card for the past three years.

“The criteria for Model Schools and Distinguished Title I schools are slightly different, so to have both of these schools recognized by both metrics is a very exciting honor for their students and staff,” said Heidi Sipe, assistant superintendent for the Office of Educational Improvement and Innovation. “I look forward to these fine examples of learning representing Oregon at the national level.”

John Muir School and Greenway Elementary will be honored at the National Title I Conference in Nashville, Tenn., in January 2013, and will receive a $5,000 award in recognition of their achievements in exceptional student performance and closing the achievement gap.




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