Bowie Elementary tapped for national honor

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram news editor

Oct 24, 2007 - Bowie Elementary not only regional but state standards as well. The campus will be honored as one of only two Title I school districts in Texas to be recognized in January at a national conference.

Last month, district administrators were notified Bowie Elementary was one of only six schools in the state being considered for national recognition by National Association of State Title 1 Directors.

�To be eligible for this award schools had to be academically acceptable in the past then move up to exemplary in two years. Bowie has done that. They were exemplary this year,� Director of Elementary Education Connie Mabe said following the announcement of Bowie as a contender for NASTID�s 2007 Title 1, Part A National Distinguished School Recognition Program.

In September, all six eligible schools –  Bowie, O’Bryant Primary in Bellview ISD, George West Primary in George West ISD, Liberty Elementary in Eagle Pass, Rise Academy in Lubbock and Woodland Heights in Brownwood ISD — were evaluated by a “peer review team” under the direction of Texas Education Agency, coordinated by Region 16 Education Service Center. Only two schools were selected for the nomination by a list of stiff criteria.

Just to be considered for nomination, schools must meet six criteria. First, the campus must be designated as a Title I, Part A campus for the three school years from 2005-2006 to 2007-2008. The campus must have a poverty level of 40 percent or greater for the 2007-2008 school year and have met annual yearly progress in 2006 and 2007. They must have been an exemplary campus in spring 2007, and either explore or recognized in 2006 with 37 percent or more commended performance on math and reading evaluations. The campus had to have been either academically unacceptable or academically acceptable in spring 2005.

According to TEA accountability data, Bowie Elementary has continued to improve over the last three years from academically acceptable in October 2005, to recognized in October 2006 and to exemplary this August.

Bowie was evaluated Sept. 10. Texas Education Agency sent a letter Oct. 15 notifying Sulphur Springs Independent School District Superintendent Patsy Bolton that Bowie will be one of the two Texas schools recognized by the National Association of State Title I Directors at the National Title I Conference Jan. 1, 2008, in Nashville, Tenn.

�The Texas Education Agency is proud to have Bowie Elementary School represent the state as one of the highest rated Title I Distinguished Schools. Your administration, faculty, students, parents and community are to be congratulated for their commitment to developing and maintaining a quality program, which serves as an example for other schools to follow,� Lizzette Reynolds, TEA deputy commissioner of statewide policy and programs, wrote in the letter to Bolton.

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