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2017-2018 Title I School of Recognition Award

Wisc Title 1 SRC

Capitol ceremony celebrates 2017-18
Wisconsin Title I Schools of Recognition

MADISON — State Superintendent Tony Evers praised Abbotsford Middle/Senior High for being among
135 schools in the state that received Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition honors for the 2017-18
school year during a special May 21 ceremony at the State Capitol in Madison.
Title 1 Schools of Recognition
Evers welcomed, from left: Ryan Bargender, Middle/Senior High Principal and Sherry Baker,
Superintendent, to the recognition event. The state superintendent recognized 24 High-Achieving
schools and 40 High-Progress schools; 11 schools earned both High-Achieving and High-Progress
honors. Five schools earned an award for a fifth consecutive year.
“Partnerships among teachers, parents, administrators, school staff members, and the
community contribute to the academic success of students in schools that receive this honor,” Evers

“It is exciting to receive the award for the 13th consecutive year. That is a testament to the hard
work our students and staff put in on a daily basis. It is also helpful to have parents, a school board, and
a community that is so supportive of education,” said Bargender.

The Abbotsford Middle School and High School have once again been awarded the Title I School of Recognition Award for "beating the Odds" for 2017-2018. This makes the 13th year in a row that the MS/HS has been a recipient of this award.

Please join me in congratulating the staff, administration, parents, and students of the MS/HS for their part in achieving this prestigious award. 


Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition Criteria

Schools receive federal Title I aid when they have significant numbers of students from low-income families. The schools that earn recognition also must meet the state’s test-participation, attendance, and dropout goals as well as additional award criteria:

High-Achieving Schools

  • Have achievement gaps that are less than 3 points between student groups or show evidence of reducing gaps
  • Demonstrate high achievement at the school level

High-Progress Schools

  • Fall within the top 10 percent of schools experiencing growth in reading and mathematics for elementary and middle school students or the top 10 percent of schools with the greatest improvement in high school graduation rates
  • Have achievement gaps that are less than 3 points between student groups or show evidence of reducing gaps

Beating-the-Odds Schools

  • Are in the top 25 percent of high-poverty schools in the state
  • Have above-average student achievement in reading and mathematics when compared to schools from similarly sized districts, schools, grade configurations, and poverty levels


NOTES: A list of Wisconsin School of Recognition award recipients by school within district follows. This news release is available electronically at https://dpi.wi.gov/sites/default/files/news-release/dpinr2018-38.pdf

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