PLYMOUTH — A Plymouth elementary school has once again been named as one of the top Title I Schools in the state.
The National Association of State Title I Directors Title I Schools Recognition Program has chosen Menominee Elementary as one of the schools to be interviewed to represent the state Title I schools that have made the most progress in significantly closing the achievement gap between student subgroups.
This is the second year in a row that Menominee has been chosen as one of the top schools.
In the last three years, four Plymouth elementary schools have been chosen as a participant in the first part of this process. Menominee and Washington last year made it to the site visit and were recognized as one of the top four Title I schools in the state. Two years ago, Webster Elementary School was chosen Top Title I School in Indiana.
The federal government requires that any grouping of 30 or more be reported so that they can gauge the percentage of students who pass the ISTEP tests.
According to Principal Michael Dunn of Menominee, once the groups have been identified, schools are asked to dig deeper and find out what they are doing right or wrong by subgroups such as ethnic groups, social economic status, language/minority, special education verses general education students, etc.
According to Superintendent Dan Tyree, ten schools in the state of Indiana have been identified for site visits based on a review of the following criteria:
• Student achievement data (exemplary progress);
• Meets or exceeds Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) 2008-09 and 2009-10;
• Poverty data of 35 percent or higher;
Tyree said, “Menominee’s principal will undergo a phone interview with the State Title I Director. If the interview goes well, the Title I Director and a few staff members will do an onsite visit at Menominee Elementary School. One school in the state of Indiana will then be chosen as Indiana’s top Title I School. If chosen as the top school, Menominee Elementary School will be recognized at the National Title I Conference which will be held in Tampa, Fla. Jan. 31 to Feb. 3, 2011.”
Tyree explained that the progress experienced by Menominee Elementary students falls into the Plymouth School Corporation's Core Value of “Commitment to Students.”