More than half of Carroll County's schools are being recognized by state education officials for their performance on the Maryland School Assessments last spring, county school officials announced yesterday.
In all, 22 of the county's 41 public schools are being awarded cash or certificates.
Title I schools will receive financial awards through funding provided under the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
Other schools will receive certificates acknowledging their achievement.
Of the 22, three - Elmer A. Wolfe Elementary, Robert Moton Elementary and Runnymede Elementary - are Title I schools, designated as such because they serve a large number of children from low-income families. Those schools will each receive $7,233.
The cash awards can be used for activities and equipment to improve pupil performance and family involvement.
Across the state, 562 elementary, middle and high schools are being recognized for their overall achievement on the 2004 Maryland School Assessments.
They also are being acknowledged for improvement over last year's performance among subgroups, such as racial and ethnic minorities, special education students, those with limited English proficiency and those receiving free or reduced-price meals.
The awards are part of the state's School Performance Recognition Program, which was established by the Maryland General Assembly in 1996.
The recognition program became a requirement under the federal No Child Left Behind Act as a means of recognizing the work of teachers, principals, parents and community members in helping to improve student learning.
Until last year, top-scoring schools, in addition to Title I schools, were eligible to receive cash awards. However, this is the last year schools will receive money for their performance.
Until about two years ago, the state provided $2.8 million for the program but reduced that to $1.3 million last year, state officials said. This year, the General Assembly eliminated the funding.
An A for effort
Carroll County schools recognized for performance or improvement on the Maryland School Assessments:
Elmer A. Wolfe Elementary
Freedom District Elementary
Linton Springs Elementary
Mount Airy Elementary
Mount Airy Middle
North Carroll High
Oklahoma Road Middle
Piney Ridge Elementary
Robert Moton Elementary
South Carroll High
Spring Garden Elementary
Winters Mill High
Source: Carroll County Public Schools