ELIZABETH – Terence C. Reilly School No. 7 from Elizabeth has been named a National Title I Distinguished School by the New Jersey State Department of Education. School No. 7 is one of 59 schools throughout the country and the only school in New Jersey being nationally recognized for exceptional student achievement in 2013.
A project of the National Title I Association, the National Title I Distinguished Schools Program publicly recognizes qualifying Title I schools for the outstanding academic achievements of their students. It highlights the efforts of schools across the country making significant improvements for their students. The program has been in place since 1996, highlighting the success of hundreds of schools in one of two categories:
- Category 1: Exceptional student performance for two or more consecutive years
- Category 2: Closing the achievement gap between students
School No. 7 of the Elizabeth Public Schools, led by Principal Jennifer Cedeño, has successfully improved student performance and closed achievement gaps through a team approach that is well represented in the school’s tight-knit learning community.
“We at Reilly work collaboratively with students, families, staff, central administration and the community to ensure that all students achieve at high levels,” commented Cedeño. “It is an honor to be considered among the 59 schools nationally that received this special recognition.”
Title I is the cornerstone of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. It is the largest federally funded pre-college education program in the United States and provides funding to school districts across the country to aid in the education of economically disadvantaged students.
The National Title I Association is a membership organization made up of the Title I Directors from each of the states and territories, who are charged with managing their state Title I program to ensure compliance with federal regulations and to ensure that all children – especially those living in economically disadvantaged conditions – have the opportunity to receive a high quality education.
According to Elizabeth Public Schools Superintendent Olga Hugelmeyer, the dedication of School No. 7 to provide excellent educational experiences and services to all of its students has led to their sustained high levels of achievement.
“We believe that every student, regardless of demography and economic status, can be inspired to think, learn, achieve and care,” said Hugelmeyer. “The continued success of Terence Reilly School No. 7 is a direct result of our district’s dedication to pursuing high expectations and supporting academic excellence and equity for all our children.”
The National Title I Association implemented the National Title I Distinguished Schools Program to highlight selected schools that have successfully used their Title I federal funds to improve the education for economically disadvantaged students.
“Terence Reilly School No. 7 is an example of what excellent teachers and high performing students can achieve,” stated Elizabeth Board of Education President Tony Monteiro. “We are extremely proud of the efforts of everyone at this award winning school on their success in earning this prestigious national recognition. This recognition bolsters our commitment to urban education and to changing the perceptions about Elizabeth’s students.”
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