Lavaca Middle School Recognized at State Board Meeting

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Pictured L-R: Otistene Smith (Arkansas Department of Education), Dr. Jay Barth (Chair of Arkansas State Board of Education), Steve Rose, (Superintendent of Lavaca School District), Kenny Holland (Principal, Lavaca Middle School), Johnny Key (Commissioner, Arkansas Department of Education)

The Lavaca Middle School sent out the following news release earlier today:

Lavaca School District, Lavaca Middle School was recently recognized during an Arkansas State Board of Education meeting held on May 9, 2019 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Lavaca Middle School Principal, Kenny Holland, and Lavaca School District Superintendent, Steve Rose, were presented with a plaque recognizing Lavaca Middle School for Closing the Achievement Gap.

The National Association of ESEA State Program Administrators (NAESPA), formerly the National Title I Association, has been selecting examples of superior, federally funded school programs for national recognition through the National ESEA Distinguished Schools program (recently renamed from its predecessor, the National Title I Distinguished Schools program) since 1996. These schools demonstrate a wide array of strengths, including team approaches to teaching and learning, focused professional development opportunities for staff, individualized programs for student success and strong partnerships between the school, parents, and the community. The 68 schools honored were selected based on a combination of student academic achievement and the creative and innovative programs that contributed to their success. The program showcases the success of schools in one of two categories which has a poverty rate of at least 35% for the selected year:

● Category 1: Exceptional student performance for two consecutive years.
● Category 2: Closing the achievement gap between student groups.

As a project of the National Association of ESEA State Program Administrators, each year the Distinguished Schools Program publicly recognizes qualifying schools receiving federal funding from each state for their outstanding achievements in education. Because only two schools per state are selected each year as National ESEA Distinguished Schools, this award is an especially prestigious honor.

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