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Parkside receives Title I honor
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MADISON - Parkside Elementary School in Monroe will be among the 135 schools in the state to receive federal Title I funding to provide services to high numbers or high percentages of economically disadvantaged families.

A recognition ceremony will be held May 21 at the State Capitol for the schools' success in educating students for the 2017-18 school year. The schools that earn recognition also must meet the state's test-participation, attendance, and dropout goals as well as additional award criteria.

The 2018 Title I Schools of Recognition include 24 High-Achieving schools, 40 High-Progress schools and 87 Beating-the-Odds schools. Sixteen schools have earned honors in two categories. This year's 135 Title I School of Recognition Award recipients include 111 elementary schools serving kindergarten through eighth-grade students, 18 middle or junior high schools and six high schools.

Parkside will receive the Beating-the-Odds recognition. To qualify for that category, a school must be in the top 25 percent of high-poverty schools in the state and have above-average student achievement in reading and mathematics when compared to schools from similarly sized districts, schools, grade configurations and poverty levels.

Schools meeting all criteria will receive a plaque at the awards ceremony. Five schools will receive commemorative flags for earning the award for five consecutive years.