Will Rogers Elementary School in Santa Monica has been named a 2010 Title I Academic Achievement Award recipient.

Will Rogers and other schools across the state were announced as Title I award recipients February 10th, when state Superintendent Jack O’Connell commended the principals for their schools’ “commitment to educational excellence for all students.”

Title I status recognizes that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on state academic achievement standards and assessments.

“The Board of Education and I are proud of the Will Rogers teachers and staff for being recognized as a 2010 Title I Achievement Award recipient,” Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Superintendent Tim Cuneo said.

“Their hard work and dedication 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.”

Dr. Sally Chou, chief academic officer, added that the award is a tribute to the hard work of late principal, Irma Lyons, and Will Rogers assistant principal, Mary Anna Noveck.

“The teacher leadership and staff are also to be commended for their work in making Rogers such a terrific school. Their efforts to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education give the school a renewed focus on teaching and learning in the 21st century,” she said.

Will Rogers was identified as a recipient because it met the 2008 and 2009 Adequate Yearly Progress criteria as well as the 2008 and 2009 Growth Academic Performance Index (API) targets for the school overall and for all numerically significant subgroups, school officials said.

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