Educators from Blair Mill Elementary School and Pennypack Elementary School were recognized during Tuesday night's school board meeting for receiving Title I Distinguished School honors recently from the state.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, Title I is aimed at improving the academic achievement of the disadvantaged to "ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging state academic achievement standards and state academic assessments."
Blair Mill was rated among the top 25 statewide for math and reading; and Pennypack was ranked in the top 25 for math. The honors were based on students' performance on the 2011-2012 PSSAs, according to Assistant Superintendent Monica Taylor.
Blair Mill Principal Nancy Doherty said the school earned the honor four times in the last five years.
"We felt that's pretty incredible," Doherty said, adding that a high level of involvement with parents has helped the efforts. "It’s not all about the academics. Kids are building a sense of self worth, confidence."
Pennypack Principal Amy Roslevege said the school has been honored three times with academic achievement and Title I commendations.
"Each and every single day we’re working very hard to move students forward," Roslevege told the board.