Brookwood School is eligible to apply for the prestigious honor of a National Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Title 1 Distinguished School, based on its ranking in the top 5 percent on the single 2018 College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) score. Each year, the National Association of ESEA State Program Administrators (NAESPA), formerly the National Title 1 Association, publicly recognizes two schools from each state for receiving federal funding for their outstanding achievements in education.
Brookwood Principal Meleia Bridenstine said the school continues to excel due to the hard work of both the students and teachers.
"Our work with data, STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Math) and a community we love inspires us to apply for the national accolade," she said. "We are hopeful that our application will reflect our passion for learning and the dedication we have to student achievement."
The school's application must demonstrate excellence in serving special populations of students (e.g. homeless, migrant, English learners, etc.), which meets category 3 of NAESPA's award. The schools identified as the top 5 percent on the single 2018 CCRPI score have already met Category 1 (Exceptional student performance for two or more consecutive years) and in some cases Category 2 (Closing the achievement gap between student groups) requirements.
Dalton Public Schools Superintendent Tim Scott said, "The legacy of being a distinguished school is directly connected to our school district's mission which is to develop trusting relationships and provide quality work that engages students in profound learning. We are proud that Brookwood embodies the core focus of our district and strives for excellence every day. The staff is truly deserving of this honor."
The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) will use the following criteria when looking through applications:
- 1.The school's FY 2018 CCRPI Score
- 2.The school's FY 2018 poverty level
- 3.The school's increase from the FY 2017 CCRPI score to the FY 2018 CCRPI score
- 4.The school's written responses describing two or three initiatives implemented over the past two years that resulted in outstanding academic student achievement with subgroups
If selected as one of two schools to represent Georgia and receive the FY20 National ESEA Distinguished School Award from NAESPA, Brookwood will receive a monetary award of $20,000 from the GADOE's Title 1 Program.
Part of the monetary award would be used to send a team to the National ESEA Conference in Atlanta in February of 2020 where the two selected schools will be recognized along with the schools chosen from across the nation. Each chosen school's team would have full access to various sessions, workshops and vendors offered at the conference.
Remaining funds would be used only for educational and Title 1 purposes, and each school will decide how the funds will be budgeted.