Playa del Rey Elementary School in Del Rey and McKinley Elementary School in Santa Monica have been selected as recipients of the 2010-11 State Title I Academic Achievement Award by the California Department of Education.

The Del Rey school is one of 20 in the Los Angeles Unified School District to win the award, which was announced April 7. This year’s recipients included 14 LAUSD schools and six independent charter schools.

“I want to congratulate these schools, the students, teachers, administrators and parents for demonstrating the highest level of academic success,” outgoing LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines said of the Title I schools.

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Superintendent Tim Cuneo was also congratula-tory of the elementary school that earned the honor in his district.

“The Board of Education and I commend McKinley Elementary School for being recognized as a 2011 Title I Achievement Award recipient,” Cuneo said.

“Their hard work and dedi-cation has resulted in consistent gains in student achievement. This award reflects their commitment and support of our district’s mission to ensure extraordinary achievement for all while simultaneously closing the achievement gap.”

The Title I distinction is earned by schools that have exceeded Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for two or more years or are making significant progress toward proficiency on California’s standards for all students and subgroups.

Title I schools typically have a large, low-income student population which make the schools eligible to receive Title I funds. Schools receiving Title I funding are regulated by federal legislation, including the No Child Left Behind Act.

To qualify for the achievement award, schools must also meet their school-wide Academic Performance Index (API) target score and the target for all numerically significant subgroups, according to the districts. In addition, the school’s socioeconomically disadvantaged students must have doubled the achievement targets set for them for two consecutive years.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson will recognize these schools at the Annual Title I Conference scheduled May 20 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim.

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