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MDE Recognizes Schools’ Academic Achievement; Progress in 3rd Annual “Champions ofChange” recognition program The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE), Offices of Federal Programs and Special Education recently honored 57 schools for showing academic achievement or progress for their efforts to close the academic achievement gap. Schools earned the titles of High Progress, High Performing, Exemplary Inclusion and/or Distinguished, under Federal Title I guidelines as "Champions of Change." Three schools in the Wilkinson County School District (WCSD) were recognized for showing High Progress: Finch Elementary, Wilkinson County Elementary and William Winans Middle School. From central office to the classroom, everyone employed in the WCSD has had the same focus: improving student achievement. "We have worked hard to provide teachers with the support, resources and professional development they needed and the recognition of our schools is a direct result of that effort," said WCSD superintendent Timothy Scott. State Superintendent of Education Carey Wright told award recipients that, "It takes exceptional people with patience, knowledge, experience, and dedication to make schools successful and that school leadership, community partnerships, parental engagement and school building level teamwork brought this honor to the schools and districts." Finch Elementary, one of 20 honored schools, received recognition as a distinguished school and will receive a check of $23,750 in federal dollars. Superintendent Scott acknowledged the hard work and dedication of his staff noting that, "I have the privilege of leading a group of dedicated educators who work relentlessly with the parents and community stakeholders to provide the students of this district with high quality education opportunities which makes these recognitions possible".
State Director of Federal programs Marcus Cheeks said, "Ceremonies of this nature highlight the resilient ability of the administrators, teachers, parents, and students to overcome academic barriers created by poverty".
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 those that represent the highest 10% of schools that have improved in overall performance in the past two years and fall within the top quantile of schools in performance gains of the lowest 25% subgroup. 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.
The Wilkinson County School District does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, religion, color, national origin, age, or handicapping condition. The Wilkinson County School District is an equal opportunity employer.