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Jonas Salk Elementary named National ESEA Distinguished School

1/8/2020, 8:47 p.m.
Jonas Salk Elementary School in Bolingbrook is one of just 73 U.S. schools named a 2019 National ESEA (Elementary and ...
Mrs. Rana Fino instructs her 2nd Grade Students at Jonas Salk Elementary School

Jonas Salk Elementary School in Bolingbrook is one of just 73 U.S. schools named a 2019 National ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act) Distinguished School for the extraordinary success of their students.

“At Jonas Salk Elementary School, we welcome all students,” said Principal Mrs. Alyson Ewald. “We focus on student growth and learning. We make sure every day our students are here to learn and the instruction they are presented is rigorous, but also appropriate for them. Our staff and teachers are also diligent in providing a welcoming and safe learning environment.”

The National Association of ESEA State Program Administrators (NAESPA)—formerly the National Title I Association—has been selecting examples of superior, federally funded school programs for national recognition through the National ESEA Distinguished Schools program (recently renamed from its predecessor, the National Title I Distinguished Schools program) since 1996. Distinguished School designation celebrates the efforts of schools across the country making significant improvements. The program acknowledges the success of schools in one of three categories:

• Category 1: Exceptional student performance and academic growth for two or more consecutive years

• Category 2: Closing the achievement gap between student groups for two or more consecutive years

• Category 3: Excellence in serving special populations of students (e.g. homelessness, migrant, English learners, etc.)

Title I is the cornerstone of ESEA—it is the largest federally funded pre-college education program in the United States. Together with other federal education programs of the ESEA—which are jointly focused on student equity and access—they provide funding to school districts to aid primarily in the education of economically disadvantaged students.

NAESPA implemented the National ESEA Distinguished Schools Program to highlight selected schools that have effectively used their ESEA federal funds to improve education outcomes for students. More information about all National ESEA Distinguished Schools is available on the NAESPA website: www.ESEAnetwork.org

The 2019 National ESEA Distinguished Schools will be honored February 5-6, 2020 at the 2020 National ESEA Conference in Atlanta, GA.