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National Elementary and Secondary Education Act Distinguished Schools

Each year the Texas Education Agency recognizes two Texas Title I schools as National Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title I Distinguished Schools.  They are selected based on their success for the Distinguished Performance Award and the Distinguished Progress Award. These schools are honored on campus and at the National Title I Association Conference in the spring, and their best practices are highlighted on this page.

The National Association of ESEA State Program Administrators (NAESPA)—formerly the National Title I Association—has been selecting examples of superior, federally funded school programs for national recognition through the National ESEA Distinguished Schools program (recently renamed from its predecessor, the National Title I Distinguished Schools program) since 1996.  Schools are selected by their State Education Agency and must qualify under one of the following categories: 

  • Category 1: Exceptional student performance and academic growth for two or more consecutive years
  • Category 2: Closing the achievement gap between student groups for two or more consecutive years
  • Category 3: Excellence in serving special populations of students (e.g. homeless, migrant, English learners, etc.)

 

Title I is the cornerstone of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)—it is the largest federally funded pre-college education program in the United States.  Together with other federal education programs of the ESEA—which are jointly focused on student equity and access—they provide funding to school districts to aid primarily in the education of economically disadvantaged students. 

 

Title I is the foundation of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). A Title I school ensures a fair and equal education for all students. NAESPA implemented the National ESEA Distinguished Schools Program to highlight selected schools that have effectively used their ESEA federal funds to improve education outcomes for students. More information about all National ESEA Distinguished Schools is available on the NAESPA website: www.ESEAnetwork.org

 

The 2021 National ESEA Distinguished Schools were honored February 16-19, 2022 during the hybrid 2022 National ESEA Conference. Download List of 2021 Schools.

 

For more information:

  • About the National Association of ESEA State Program Administrators: Bob Harmon, CEO, [email protected]www.ESEAnetwork.org
  • About individual schools: Individual State Department of Education Offices
TEA is proud to announce the winners for the state of Texas are from Region One
 
The Texas Education Agency is proud to have John & Olive Hinojosa Elementary School located in Rio Grande City and Putegnat Elementary School located in Brownsville to represent Texas as two of the highest rated ESEA Distinguished Schools in the nation!
 
Putegnat Elementary School has been selected for the Distinguished Performance Award.
The state's nominee for the 2021 Distinguished Performance Award met the following criteria:
  • Title I Status:  Schoolwide Program Campus (2018-2019, 2019-2020, and 2020-2021)
  • Campus Rating in 2018-2019 (State Accountability System):  A
  • Low-Income %:  2018-2019 = 99.13%; 2019-2020 = 99.82%; 2020-2021 = 99.82%
  • At-Risk %:  2018-2019 = 95.9%; 2019-2020 = 95.9%; 2020-2021 = 91.1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged %:  2018-2019 = 99.8%; 2019-2020 = 99.8 %; 2020-2021 = 99.4%
  • Met Academic Achievement Target on all Evaluated Groups in 2018-2019 in Reading and Math
  • Received Distinction Designations in 2018-2019 for Reading, Math, and Closing the Gaps
  • Demographics:  See 2020-2021 School Report Card
John & Olive Elementary School has been selected for the Distinguished Progress Award.
The state’s nominee for the 2021 Distinguished Progress Award met the following criteria:
  • Title I Status:  Schoolwide Program Campus (2018-2019, 2019-2020, and 2020-2021)
  • Campus Rating in 2018-2019 (State Accountability System):  A
  • Low-Income %:  2018-2019 = 95.07%; 2019-2020 = 95%; 2020-2021 = 97.05%
  • At-Risk %:  2018-2019 = 95.7%; 2019-2020 = 96%; 2020-2021 = 94.9%
  • Economically Disadvantaged %:  2018-2019 = 96.1%; 2019-2020 = 97.7 %; 2020-2021 = 98.3%
  • Met Academic Achievement Target on all Evaluated Groups in 2018-2019 in Reading and Math
  • Received Distinction Designations in 2018-2019 for Student Progress and Closing the Gaps
  • Demographics: See 2020-2021 School Report Card