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Tazewell County schools are recognized as Title I Distinguished Schools.

Abbs-Valley Boissevain Elementary, Dudley Primary, Graham Intermediate and Tazewell Elementary were four of the 57 schools in the state of Virginia recognized.

In a press release, Supervisor of Elementary and Title I education, Kristina Welch said, "This honor is a true reflection of the dedication to excellence by our entire system.  This support extends from our parents, teachers, para-professionals and principals at the school level to central office and our school board members."


Title I Distinguished schools were awarded based on the Standards of Learning (SOL) assessments during the 2012-2013 and 2011-2012 school years and for raising the academic achievement of economically disadvantaged students.
"I commend the teachers, principals and educators of these schools for helping students meet the commonwealth's expectations for grade-level learning in reading and mathematics," said Board of Education president David Foster.
These four TCPS are recognized for meeting all state and federal accountability requirements for two consecutive years and achieving reading and mathematics SOL pass rates at the 60th percentile or higher. TCPS has made this a great focus of the school system by adding a reading coach to area schools in efforts to increase all nine elementary schools being recognized for such honors.
"The addition of an elementary reading coach position this year will allow us continue building on this success.  As we progress toward our reading goal, 90% of third graders reading at grade level, we are certain to have many more honors, but the greatest award of all will be a successful future for our students!" said Welch.
Each school will receive a certificate in recognition of their achievements.
Title I of ESEA provides funding to school divisions and schools for programs to raise the achievement of students identified as being at risk of academic failure. The federal education law, whose most recent reauthorization is also known as No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, requires schools and school divisions to meet annual objectives for increasing student achievement on statewide assessments in reading/language arts and mathematics.