Chase Street Elementary School has been named a National Title 1 Distinguished School for academic achievement and improvement in academics—one of only 59 in the nation.
Standardized test scores have improved dramatically over the past five years. For example, fifth-graders scored 24 percent on the CRCT in 2008 and 100 percent in 2013. Third-, fourth- and fifth-grade test scores in reading, language arts and math were all above 90 percent last year.
“It is an honor to have the hard work and commitment of our teachers, students, parents and community partners recognized at the national level,” Principal Adam Kurtz said in a news release. “We feel fortunate to have the opportunity to share with the public some of the student growth and learning that we witness daily. Though this award acknowledges our past and current successes, we maintain our focus on continued growth and progress.”
The Title 1 program provides federal funding for educating economically disadvantaged students. Chase Street will receive $20,000 for being recognized as a National Title 1 Distinguished School.
Chase Street is also a state-level Title 1 Distinguished School and a National Blue Ribbon School.