Mountain View receives state recognition

Wil Petty Staff Writer

September 5, 2013

Mountain View Elementary School has been recognized by the state as a Title I Reward School for the 2013-14 academic year in performance.

“Performance schools are determined by who had the highest performance over a number of years for all subgroups on statewide assessments,” David Blackburn, principal of Mountain View Elementary School, said.

Blackburn said the recognition meant that the state identified Mountain View as being in the top 10 percent of Title I schools in North Carolina.

According to a North Carolina Public Schools press release, Title I is the largest federal education funding program for schools. Funding is determined on the number of low-income children, usually those who are eligible for the free and reduced price lunch program.

Mountain View was one of 174 Title I schools across the state named for the recognition and the only one in Ashe County.

“(The recognition) is just a reflection of the hard work my teachers put forth every day and that our school’s students and parents put forth every day,” Blackburn said.

The state used assessment data from the 2011-12, 2010-11 and 2009-10 academic years to determine which Title I schools were in the top 10 percent. This is done in two categories: highest-performing, which is the category Mountain View was in, and high-progress.

High-progress schools are schools that have made the most progress on improving student performance at their facilities.

In the press release, State Superintendent June Atkinson said “It is imperative that we challenge all students to their highest academic potential, no matter what personal circumstances they may bring to the classroom. Educators at these schools show us that given the right tools, they can help students meet their academic goals.”

According to data, some schools in neighboring counties were also recognized. Alleghany County had one elementary school on the list while Wilkes had two elementary schools recognized.

The state will next select two schools from the list to represent North Carolina in the National Title I Distinguished Schools Program.