The New Jersey Department of Education recently announced the list of 17 schools that are each recipients of $50,000 in Title I Reward Schools Grants.

The grants may be used by school districts for programs, services, professional development, materials, and/or supplies to support the school’s Title I program and sustain the high level of achievement at the school.  Districts that receive Title I funds direct them to schools with the highest percentages of children from low-income families.

The 17 schools achieved the state’s designation of either “High Performing” Reward Schools, which recognizes high student achievement across the entire school, or “High Progress” Reward Schools, which recognizes schools that have demonstrated high levels of student growth from year to year.

High Performing Reward Schools are recipients of Title I federal funding that had attained progress targets for the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 school years; and achieved a minimum proficiency rate above 90 percent for all students, and a proficiency rate in the top 10 percent of performance for each eligible subgroup relative to the subgroup’s performance across the state. High Progress Reward Schools are Title I funding recipients that demonstrated a substantial rate of progress in student achievement as measured by the Student Growth Percentile methodology developed by the state Department of Education.

This year’s recognized High Performing Title I Reward Schools include (the county is in parentheses): Lyncrest Elementary in the Fair Lawn school district (Bergen); Wesley D. Tisdale Elementary School in the Ramsey school district (Bergen); Riverbank Charter School of Excellence, located in Roebling (Burlington); Bloomfield Tech and Newark Tech, both part of Essex County Vocational Technical School District; Robert Treat Academy Charter School in Newark (Essex); Dr. Ronald E. McNair High School in the Jersey City school district (Hudson); Woodrow Wilson Elementary School in the Union City school district (Hudson); North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional High School in the North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional High School district (Hunterdon); the School of Health Science in the Paterson school district (Passaic); Central Jersey College Prep Charter School in Somerset (Somerset); Elizabeth High School, Terence C. Reilly School # 7, and William F. Halloran School No.22, in the Elizabeth school district (Union); and Union County Tech in the Union County Vocational-Technical School District.

This year’s recognized High Progress Title I Reward Schools include the Cranbury School in the Cranbury school district (Middlesex); and Classical Academy Charter School of Clifton (Passaic).