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Houlton Elementary staff: front from left, Kim Mork, Tara Zinck, Ashley Magee and JoAnn Augustin; second row, Suzie Dettmann, Staci Sikora, Kristie Faust, Mary Wicker, Lisa Persinger, Julie Weinberg, Natalie Thorson, Heather Bohl, Lisa Becker, Becky Maxwell and Principal Ann Mitchell; third row, Blair Gunderson, Sue Kouba, Dan Rock, Amy Konkol, Tim Olson, Marcia Scheurman, Lori Bieging, Traci Wolfe, Lisa Wasson and Patrick Sahli.

Houlton Elementary is a 'high-achieving' school, state says

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Superintendent of Public Instruction of Wisconsin Tony Evers announced 167 Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition awards for the 2013-14 academic year, an honor that recognizes success in educating students from low-income families. Houlton Elementary was one of the school’s recognized.

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“What a great way to start the school year,” Evers said. “By recognizing schools for their success at educating our students, we put the focus where it belongs: on our children.”

All award-winning schools receive federal Title I funding to provide services to high numbers or high percentages of economically disadvantaged children. Schools received awards in three categories:

High-Achieving, High-Progress, and Beating the Odds based on specific criteria.

This year’s 167 Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition Award recipients include 14 High-Achieving and 26 High-Progress schools. Six schools earned awards in both the High-Achieving and High-Progress categories. Houlton Elementary School was one of those six schools.

Overall, 131 elementary schools, 23 middle or junior high schools, and 13 high schools earned awards.

The awards program was at the State Capitol Tuesday to further recognize Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition award recipients. Each school will receive a plaque and $500 for use by the school.

During the awards ceremony, nine schools will receive flags for earning the Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition award for five consecutive years, and five schools will receive banners for earning the award for 10 consecutive years. One school — Marengo Valley School in the Ashland School District — has earned the award for all 11 years of the program.

Wisconsin Title I Schools of Recognition Criteria include the following: All schools receive federal Title I aid because they have significant numbers of students from low-income families based on federal free and reduced-priced school meal income guidelines. Also, all schools meet the state’s test-participation, attendance, and dropout goals.

Houlton Elementary also met the additional criteria for High Achieving Schools: They must meet all Annual Measurable Objectives for achievement and Graduation; have achievement gaps that are less than 3 points between student groups or show evidence of reducing gaps; demonstrate high achievement at the school level.

They also met the criteria for High-Progress Schools which includes: the school must fall within the top 10 percent of schools experiencing growth in reading and mathematics for elementary and middle school students or the top 10 percent of schools with the greatest improvement in high school graduation rates and have achievement gaps that are less than 3 points between student groups or show evidence of reducing gaps.

Houlton Elementary School was one of six schools in the state that qualified in both the High-Achieving and High-Progress Schools Award categories. Others in this group included schools from districts in Fort Atkinson, Hamilton, Sussex, Mukwonago, Norway J7 and Wauwatosa.

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