Several Schools Honored by the state Department of Education for Academic Achievments

RIVERSIDE – Seven schools that receive federal financial assistance for low-income students in Riverside County were honored today by the state Department of Education for academic achievements.

The honored schools are Carreon in Desert Sands Unified; Harmony and Idylwild in Hemet Unified; Camino Real in Jurupa Unified; Cielo Vista Charter and Rio Vista in Palm Springs Unified; and Vail in Temecula Valley Unified.

They were among 106 schools statewide named by state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

”I am proud of what these schools have accomplished under often challenging circumstances,” Torlakson said. ”Their administrators and teachers are committed to giving their students every opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills that will help them in school and throughout their lives.”

The awards are given to schools receiving federal Title I funds as authorized by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Title I, the single largest federal educational program for K-12 public education, assists schools in meeting the needs of students living at or below the poverty line.

According to the state Department of Education, more than 60 percent of the 10,000 or so schools in California participate in the Title I program.

The schools receiving the honors need to demonstrate that all students are making significant progress toward proficiency on state academic standards. Also, the school’s disadvantaged students must have doubled the achievement targets set for them for two consecutive years.

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