Broadway Elementary School in Venice is one of 16 Los Angeles Unified School District schools that have received a State Title I Academic Achievement Award for 2011-12, the state Department of Education announced.

The awards are presented to Title I 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.

The 16 Los Angeles schools honored include nine public LAUSD schools and seven independent charter schools. Broadway Elementary was the only school in Local District 3 to be recognized for such an achievement, school officials noted.

“What an honor this is for Broadway. The improvement in student achievement is a result of everyone’s teamwork. Students, teachers, parents, and administrators worked as a team to provide students the academic support that they needed,” Principal Susan Wang said. “We are a schoolwide Title I school with a large number of English learners, and the students deserve to be recognized.”

Twenty district schools received Title I awards last year. To meet the criteria for this distinction, a school must demonstrate that all students are making significant progress toward proficiency on California’s academic content standards. Schools must meet all Adequate Yearly Progress targets for 2010 and 2011, and targets have increased each year.

The schools must also meet their schoolwide Academic Performance Index (API) target and the target for all numerically significant subgroups. Additionally, the school’s socioeconomically disadvantaged students must have doubled the achievement targets set for them for two consecutive years.

Broadway’s API score has improved by more than 120 points in the three years since Wang arrived. The Venice school is home to the largest Mandarin Chinese immersion program on the Westside.