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Kooskia elementary honored with national award

— Clearwater Valley Elementary School is working hard to offer quality education to all of its students. This was made evident through the recent announcement of a national award.

CVES (Mountain View School District) and Rulon M. Ellis Elementary of the Pocatello/Chubbuck School District are the recipients of The National Title I Association Distinguished Schools Program Award.

“I was so excited to hear about this award,” emphasized CVES Principal Susan Hill. “My teachers work hard and it is wonderful to see them recognized for their efforts. The biggest winners are the students, of course. It is great to see the hard work transform into positive student outcomes. As a staff, we are all very excited to be receiving this award.”

This award is given annually and recognizes qualifying Title I schools from each state for their outstanding achievements in education. Only two schools per state are selected each year as National Title I Distinguished Schools.

“Announcing these two distinguished schools today for their hard work and exceptional student performance is one of the most important things we as a state can do—recognize the hard work and effort that occurs in Idaho’s classrooms,” Idaho Superintendent of Public Education Sherri Ybarra said. “Regardless of their student’s backgrounds, economic status, or prior performance levels, these two schools recognize that every student can achieve, and this award recognizes their hard work and effort.”

In order for a school to qualify for the award, a school must have a poverty rate of at least 35 percent for the selected school year, demonstrate high academic achievement for two or more consecutive years, and meet or exceeded state-determined criteria based on two or more consecutive years of achievement data.

CVES was selected in the state’s category 2 group for being in the top 5 percent of schools meeting the qualifying criteria. For student who are economically disadvantaged, achievement increased by 25.25 percentage points. The Hispanic or Latino student subgroup achievement increased by 42.5 percentage points, while the students with disabilities subgroup achievement increased by 35.3 percentage points.

CVES will be honored at the National Title I Conference in Long Beach, Calif., Feb. 22-25. The school will also receive a monetary award from the Title I Academic Achievement Award fund.


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