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November 19, 2012

John Muir and Greenway Named Title I Distinguished Schools

Two Oregon Schools Receive National Recognition

(Salem, Ore.)
– Today Deputy Superintendent Rob Saxton announced that two Oregon schools have been named 2012 Title I Distinguished Schools under the federal Title I Distinguished Schools Program. For over a decade, this program has honored schools across the country for their innovation in helping low-income students achieve at high levels. Schools are recognized in the areas of Exceptional Student Performance and Closing the Achievement Gap. Oregon’s 2012 Title I Distinguished Schools are John Muir School and Greenway Elementary. Both schools were also designated Model Schools this summer under Oregon’s new accountability system.

“We can all learn from John Muir and Greenway,” said Deputy Superintendent Saxton. “These schools are showing us that with high standards, excellent instruction, and a focus on individual kids, all students can learn, grow, and achieve at high levels regardless of race or income. I want to congratulate these two schools on this well-deserved recognition.”

John Muir School in the Ashland School District has been recognized as a Title I Distinguished School in the area of Exceptional Student Performance. John Muir is a K- 8 magnet school with a focus on outdoor education, the natural sciences, and the arts. With 58% of students eligible for free and reduced lunch, the school has a higher proportion of low-income students than the state overall, but John Muir students consistently score well above the state average in both reading and math. John Muir has received an “Outstanding” on the Oregon School Report Card for the past three years.

Greenway Elementary in the Beaverton School District has been recognized as a Title I Distinguished School in the area of Closing the Achievement Gap. Almost three quarters of Greenway’s students are eligible for free and reduced lunch, over half are students of color, and over a third are English Language Learners. The school has made significant progress in closing the achievement gap for their low-income and Hispanic students, and in fifth grade math, the school has successfully eliminated the achievement gap for their Hispanic students. Overall achievement at the school is well above district and state averages.

“The criteria for Model schools and Distinguished Title I schools are slightly different, so to have both of these schools recognized by both metrics is a very exciting honor for their students and staff,” said Heidi Sipe, Assistant Superintendent for the Office of Educational Improvement and Innovation. “I look forward to these fine examples of learning representing Oregon at the national level.”

John Muir School and Greenway Elementary will be honored at the National Title I Conference in Nashville, Tennessee in January 2013 and will receive a $5,000 award in recognition of their achievements in Exceptional Student Performance and Closing the Achievement Gap.

Rob Saxton , Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction
Crystal Greene, Communications, Telephone (503) 947-5650

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