Cumberland Elementary School is one of 65 Title I schools in the state to be recognized for academic achievement and academic progress.
In a news release, the state Department of Public Instruction recognized 65 Title I schools who have met or exceeded state standards for academic achievements and progress. Title I is a federal program to support schools serving low-income students.
Eleven schools were recognized as "high-achieving," while 45 were recognized as "high-progress." Cumberland was one of nine schools earning both designations.
“Congratulations to the teachers, school staff members, and families that work to support student achievement in these schools,” said state Superintendent Tony Evers. “These reward schools are models of our Agenda 2017 goals to improve graduation rates, reduce absenteeism and dropout rates, and close college and career-readiness gaps.”
To be recognized, schools first must receive Title I aid because they have significant numbers of students from low-income families based on federal free- and reduced-price school meal income guidelines. All reward schools must have minimal achievement gaps on statewide assessments or show evidence of reducing gaps between student groups. Additionally, reward schools must meet the state’s test participation, attendance, and dropout goals.
The 11 High-Achieving Rewards Schools earned a “Significantly Exceeds Expectations” accountability score on their Wisconsin School Report Cards and met all Annual Measurable Objectives for all students and all subgroups of students.
The High-Progress Reward Schools earned a “Meets Expectations,” “Exceeds Expectations,” or “Significantly Exceeds Expectations” accountability rating on the Wisconsin School Report Card. Additionally, the elementary and middle schools were in the top 10 percent of Title I schools experiencing student achievement growth in reading and mathematics, and the high schools were in the top 10 percent of Title I schools with the greatest improvement in graduation rates.