Palo Pinto Independent School District was named a Texas Education Agency’s Title I, Distinguished School.
This designation recognizes schools that have consistently demonstrated strong academic performances over a three-year period.
As a Title I, Part-A school, Palo Pinto achieved the Academically Exemplary rating for the present school year while enrolling a population of 40 percent or more low income students, as reported on the “No Child Left Behind” consolidated application for federal funding.
Distinguished performance schools have achieved a minimum of a recognized status for the two previous years.
The George W. Bush’s ‘No Child Left Behind’ Act of 2001 is a United States Act of Congress that is a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which included Title I, the government’s flagship aid program for disadvantaged students.
“This recognition is an outcropping of what we do every day, we take care of kids and each other, we don’t set out to win awards or recognition, we set out to help kids grow to be the best they can be,” said Eric Cederstrom, superintendent, “I am very proud of our community.”
NCLB expanded the federal role in public education through annual testing, annual academic progress, report cards, teacher qualifications, and funding changes.
The Texas Legislature enacted statutes of accountability In 1993 that mandated the creation of the Texas public school accountability system to rate Texas public school districts and evaluate campuses each year.