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ESEA Finalist

The annual Distinguished Schools Award recognizes outstanding achievements by two Title 1 schools from each state that are serving a high proportion of at-risk students. In order for a school to qualify for the Distinguished School Award, it must have a poverty rate amoung students' families of at least 35 percent for the selected school year, demonstrate high academic achievement for two or more consecutive years, and meet or exceed state-determined criteria based on two or more consecutive years of achievement data.

  • Donnelly Elementary School's selection came in the category of Closing the Achievement Gap. The school improved the mathematics performance of economically disadvantaged students by 20.6 percentage points during the past two years.