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DES receives award

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Dalhart Elementary School was recognized as a distinguished Title I School by the Texas Education Agency at the Region 16 Education Service Center, along with other Title I Schools in Region 16. Awards were presented at the Spring Panhandle School Leaders Association meeting in Amarillo. Karen Taft, Dalhart Elementary Principal accepted the award on behalf of her campus. David Foote, Superintendent and Carroline Methvin, Dalhart Federal Programs Director was present for the award.

In order to receive this prestigious award a school campus must meet the following criteria:

• Receive Title I funding for Improving Basic Programs that provide high quality supplemental instruction and resources to schools with high concentrations of students from low-income families which enables all students to meet the state’s student performance standards. The Title I program uses effective teaching methods and instructional strategies that are grounded in scientifically based research.

• The campus must have at least 40% or more low-income students during the 2008-2009 school year.

• According to the Texas Education Agency the campus must meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for the 2007 and the 2008 school years. Data tables for AYP may be viewed on the Texas Education Agency website.

• The campus must be rated as Exemplary for the 2008 school year.

Mrs. Taft and the staff at Dalhart Elementary have worked diligently to improve reading and math scores. Campus staff implemented the 3 tiered reading program, which provides extra help for students in reading, during the regular school day and after school for students who need additional help. The campus had 100% of the students taking the state Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) reading test pass during the 2008 school year.

Congratulations to all the staff at Dalhart Elementary for their excellent efforts to help their students achieve at a high standard.