Lamar Elementary School has been recognized with a Title I, Part A, Distinguished Performance Award for their academic achievements.
“This is given to schools with consistently high TAKS scores. They had to be above 90 percent in all subgroups for a number of years,” Sulphur Springs Superintendent Patsy Bolton noted during the regular school board meeting Monday night.
Lamar has received the distinguished recognition for at least 10 years. Only 312 campuses in the state were recognized for distinguished performance. To receive the ranking, a school had to have a student population with 40 percent or more low income students in 2008-2009, received an exemplary rating in the spring of 2008, and been either exemplary or recognized in 2006 and 2007 by Texas Education Agency. Lamar has been rated exemplary for the last 12 years on performance data.
Lamar is one of only 12 schools in Region VIII Education Service Center to be named distinguished by the Division of No Child Left Behind Program Coordination at TEA. Other schools included Avery Elementary in Avery ISD; McLeod Elementary in McLeod ISD; Sims Elementary in Mount Pleasant ISD Mount Vernon Intermediate in Mount Vernon ISD; Bailey Intermediate, Cecil Everett Elementary and W.L. Higgins Elementary in North Lamar ISD; and Highland Park Elementary, Nash Elementary and Wake Village Elementary in Texarkana ISD. Early Childhood Learning Center, which was paired with Lamar this year for its rating, also was considered a distinguished performance school as well, according to TEA data.
SSISD school trustees presented Lamar Elementary Principal Rowena Johnson and staff with a frames certificate of recognition and thanked them for their hard work to see the students achieve success.
Johnson attributed the school ranking and continued high marks on academic testing such as TAKS to the team of teachers and staff who work hard together and maintain high expectations.
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