Dodd and Ritter Honored, Again, as Distinguished Title I Schools
Allentown School District is pleased to announce that both Hiram W. Dodd and Ritter Elementary Schools are being awarded the 2016-2017 Distinguished Title I School for High Progress under the federal guidelines for Title I Schools. It is the third year in a row for Dodd and the second year in a row for Ritter to receive this level of distinction.
“The District could not be more proud of these two elementary schools’ success” states Dr. Gary R. Cooper, Interim Superintendent of the Allentown School District. “The dedication of these principals, teachers, staff, students and their families is the reason they are being honored as top performers. The Dodd and Ritter teams are to be commended for their commitment to student achievement.”
Each year, the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Division of Federal Programs honors the top performing Title I schools in Pennsylvania. This year, they are using the approved ESEA Flexibility Waiver designation of Reward: High Achievement and Reward: High Progress. Reward: High Achievement schools are the highest 5% of Title I schools based on aggregate math and reading PSSA or Keystone scores that also met all Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs). Reward: High Progress schools are the highest 5% Title I schools based on a composite of the math and English Language Arts (ELA) Pennsylvania Value Added Assessment System (PVAAS) indices for the schools. Schools also met participation and graduation/attendance AMOs.
“We are truly pleased that these two schools are being awarded for their efforts,” adds Kimberly Walck, Director of Grants and Development for the District. “Because of their success and commitment to working together toward best practices, both Dodd and Ritter are eligible to apply for additional Title I funding only available to Rewards Schools. Last year, Dodd applied for and received $50,000 in funding to provide even more programming to their school.”
The Division of Federal Programs has selected 179 Title I schools to be named Distinguished Schools based on that criterion. It was the basis of this criterion that both Dodd and Ritter Elementary School were selected.