Every Norcross elementary school recently achieved the status of Distinguished Title 1 School for the 2012 school year, meaning that they hit their Adequate Yearly Progress benchmark under the No Child Left Behind Act for three or more years running.
has made this honor for seven years in a row; and elementary schools have achieved it for six years; has made the honor for five years and has made for three years.
The local schools join 33 others in the county who have achieved the Distinguished Title 1 status.
Title 1 Schools received federal funds because a certain percentage of students get free or reduced lunch fare. State Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Barge made the announcement, pointing out that these gains were made despite increased standards.
The state Associate Superintendent called out Gwinnett’s achievements in particular. “We are pleased that the Georgia DOE is recognizing a large number of Gwinnett schools,” said Dr. Steve Flynt in the statement.
"Our teachers and administrators work very hard every day to make sure students are meeting the rising expectations. We are proud of their academic achievement despite the challenges.”
Editor's Note: The article mistakenly stated the number of years the schools achieved AYP originally. Our apologies for the mistake.