Bowie Elementary in running for national recognition 

From Staff Reports

Sept 9, 2007 - Bowie Elementary is one of only six schools in the state being considered for national recognition by National Association of State Title 1 Directors.

�It�s very exciting. As far as I know this is the first time we�ve had this type of award in this area,� Sulphur Springs Independent School District Director of Elementary Education Connie Mabe said Thursday afternoon. �Lamar has been recognized in the past as a distinguished Title I District for having exemplary or excellent ratings every year. 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.��

All six schools eligible for consideration — 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 — will be evaluated by a team, with the information on the top two schools submitted to Texas Commissioner of Education for nomination to NASTID for the 2007 Title 1, Part A National Distinguished School Recognition Program. Bowie is slated to be evaluated Monday.

Being one of the six schools considered is an honor in and of itself, as it recognizes Bowie for “demonstrating success in ensuring that all students, including all demographic groups of students, make significant progress toward learning.”

Just to be considered for nomination, schools must meet six criteria. First, their 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.

The schools selected by NASTID as winners will be honored at the Title I Conference in Nashville, Tenn., on Jan. 31, 2008, and will also be featured in a publication that describes all of the National Title I Award winners.

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