Eight schools in Baltimore city, and seven in Baltimore County have been recognized by the state department of education as "reward schools," under a new program that spotlights the state's Title I schools' progress in student achievement.
The "Reward Schools" was developed as part of a state's new accountability plan that has unfolded since it received a waiver from certain No Child Left Behind mandates this past spring. In May, the state was granted flexibility from the law, which had labeled more than half of schools across the country as failures, eliminating sanctions known as the School Improvement process.
In a release, state officials said the schools highlighted are Title I schools that are either "high performing—having met objectives for all subgroups over the past two consecutive years ending with the 2010-2011 school year; or high progress—having significantly cut gaps in achievement between racial or special services subgroups since 2007."
The full list of the 30 schools representing nine districts can be found here.