Thomas Jefferson Named Title I Distinguished School
POSTED: 5:31 p.m. EDT, September 1, 2009
By: FCCPS Communications
Thomas Jefferson Elementary is among 124 schools being honored by the Virginia Board of Education for raising the academic achievement of economically disadvantaged students. The awards are based on student achievement on state assessments during 2007-2008 and the previous school year.
“I’m really proud to serve in a community of educators where the fundamental assumption is that all students will realize success,” Thomas Jefferson principal, Vincent Baxter said. “The honor of being recognized as a Title I Distinguished School is well deserved by TJ students and teachers.”
To earn the designation of Title I Distinguished School Thomas Jefferson maintained full state accreditation under the commonwealth’s Standards of Learning (SOLs) program for two consecutive years, met federal benchmarks in reading and mathematics and had average test scores in both subjects at the 60th percentile or higher.
Thomas Jefferson Elementary is Falls Church City’s only Title I school. The school will receive a certificate celebrating its status and achievement and a check for $8,488.
Title I of the No Child Left Behind act provides funding to school divisions and schools for programs to raise the achievement of students identified as being at risk.