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County schools recognized for improvement

December 06, 2004|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

The Maryland State Department of Education has recognized 20 Washington County schools for improving student academic performances.

"These schools have worked really hard to improve their performance and they deserve every recognition that they get," Washington County Public Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan said Sunday.

The state will send certificates of recognition to 562 schools in the state for public display, according to a news release from the state Department of Education.

Recognized schools that are of Title I status, including Eastern and Fountaindale elementary schools in Washington County, are being sent $7,233.68 each. The money must be used for activities and equipment to improve student performance.

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The federally funded Title I program provides money to help students in high-poverty schools meet high-quality standards of performance.

The 20 local schools are being recognized for their performance on the 2004 Maryland School Assessment and for "special populations" doing better on the test in 2004 than they did on the test in 2003.

"Special population includes race/ethnicity, special education, limited English proficiency, and students who are receiving free or reduced- price meals," the release said.

At its Dec. 14 meeting, the Washington County Board of Education is scheduled to honor the 20 schools and give $1,000 to each of the schools, Morgan said.

The schools are being honored for "performance improvement" and "overall achievement," a county schools news release said.

Smithsburg Middle School will receive $2,000 because it is getting dual recognition from the state.

The schools must use the local money to promote student achievement.

"These awards represent the diligent efforts on the part of everyone in our system to provide education experiences that improve student achievement in our schools," Morgan said in the release. "Kudos to those schools, their teachers, administrators and support personnel, for all they do to achieve high standards."

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