MADISON, Wis. - State Supt. Tony Evers announced 132 Wisconsin School of Recognition awards for the 2012-13 academic year, an honor that recognizes success in educating students from low-income families.
"Congratulations on a strong start to the 2012-13 school year," he said. "These schools are being recognized for their work to break the link between poverty and low academic achievement through rigorous programming and attention to student needs. Their efforts align with our Agenda 2017 goals: to improve graduation rates, reduce dropout rates, and close college and career readiness gaps."
School receiving awards have some of the highest poverty rates in the state based on free and reduced-price school lunch data. Student achievement in reading and mathematics was above average for schools from similarly-sized districts, schools, grade configurations, and poverty levels.
All award-winning schools receive federal Title I funding to provide services to high numbers or high percentages of economically disadvantaged children.
Schools meeting all criteria will receive a plaque at an Oct. 2 awards ceremony at the State Capital and $1,000 for use by the school.
Locally, the Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine Elementary School, Crivitz Elementary School and Florence County Elementary and Middle School received the Schools of Recognition award.
During the awards ceremony, eight schools will receive flags for earning the Wisconsin School of Recognition award for five consecutive years.
Another 20 schools have received the award for more than five years; one school - Marengo Valley School in the Ashland School District - has earned the award for all 10 years of the program.
This year's 132 Wisconsin School of Recognition Award recipients include 99 elementary schools, 25 middle or junior high schools and eight high schools.