3rd Annual “Champions of Change”
The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE), Offices of Federal Programs and Special Education will honor 51 schools for academic achievement or progress during a ceremony at the Central High School Building on March 25, 2015, starting at 1:00 p.m. MDE staff will recognize schools that have earned the title of High Progress, High Performing, Exemplary Inclusion and/or Distinguished under Federal Title I guidelines as "Champions of Change."
The Federal Title I program provides funding to schools across the country for students at risk of failure and living in or near poverty. The goal of Title I funding is to provide students with a fair and equal opportunity to meet challenging academic standards and to help school districts close the achievement gap.
The High Progress status is awarded to schools across the state for demonstrating the greatest gains in closing achievement gaps among students. This award status goes to schools that represent the highest 10% of schools that have improved in overall performance over the past two years and fall within the top quartile of schools in performance gains of the lowest 25% subgroup.
The High Performing status is awarded to schools for demonstrating the highest performance across all Title I schools in the state. High Performing schools represent the highest 20% of all schools in performance over the past two years, fall within the top quintile of schools in performance gains of the lowest 25% subgroup, meet all annual measurable objectives (AMOs), and earn a graduation rate that ranks in the top quintile across the state (where applicable).
The Exemplary Inclusion award is being presented to schools for demonstrating and encouraging full inclusion of children with disabilities in all aspects of academic and extracurricular activities.
The Distinguished School status is awarded to the top 20 Title I schools for academic student performance, in Reading, Language Arts, and Math for two or more consecutive years while effectively closing the achievement gap between the black and white subgroups. Two schools will receive National Recognition as Title I Distinguished Schools and will be named during the ceremony.
Click below to view the recorded ceremony.