Lohn ISD receives National Title I Award

Lohn Independent School District is among five exemplary Texas public schools that recently earned the National Title I Distinguished Schools Recognition Award from the U.S. Department of Education. The five Texas schools, nominated by the Texas Education Agency, were among 95 schools to receive this award nationally. Other Texas schools recipients are: Bullock Elementary School in Garland ISD; Glen Cove Elementary School in Ysleta ISD; Leal Elementary School in Mission Consolidated ISD; and Valley View High School in Valley View ISD, which is in the community of Pharr. “These five schools demonstrated that all students, regardless of their backgrounds, can excel,” commissioner of education Jim Nelson said. “They will serve as role models for other schools. We are very proud of the success achieved by these schools.” The Title I Recognition Program is a partnership between the U.S. Department of Education and the National Association of State Title I Directors. Title I is the largest of the federally funded elementary and secondary education programs. It provides almost $9 billion to help educate approximately 13 million disadvantaged children across the country. The program’s goal is to improve student achievement by helping schools individualize instruction, make fundamental changes to improve teaching and learning, provide early intervention and employ proven instructional strategies. To be nominated for this honor by TEA, a school must first meet the following eligibility requirements: they must be a Title I Distinguished school in the 1999-2000 school year; have at least 50 percent of their students come from low-income families; the school must have an exemption rate on the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS) exam that is below the state average for special education and limited English proficient students; the campus in school year 1999-2000 must have achieved an exemplary rating, which is the highest accountability rating offered by the state; and the school may not have received this national award in the past three years. Once the schools met these criteria teams of educators visited the campuses. The teams looked for schools that demonstrated opportunities for all children to meet proficient and advanced levels of performance; offered intensive, sustained professional development of school employees; followed a curriculum that supports high academic standards; demonstrated sustained levels of high academic performance and showed strong, broad partnerships with parents and the communities. Lohn ISD is home to 107 pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students, all housed on one campus. Both the superintendent and principal teach classes, which helps maintain class sizes of four to 12 students in all courses except physical education. All students are assigned daily to the computer lab. High school students follow the state’s rigorous Recommended High School Graduation Plan. Juniors and seniors have the option of enrolling in several courses, in which they can obtain both high school and college course credit. The motto at Lohn ISD is “Teaching Every Child Every Day.”

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