Three elementary schools in Havelock have been recognized as Title I Reward Schools for the 2013-14 academic year.
Graham A. Barden Elementary, Havelock Elementary and Arthur W. Edwards Elementary were among 174 schools across the state to receive the honor.
Title I schools are part of the largest federal education program that aims to help students who are behind academically or at risk of falling behind. The amount of federal funding is based on the number of low-income students at the school, which is most often determined by the number of students on the free or reduced lunch program.
Of the Title I Rewards Schools in the state, two will be selected to represent North Carolina in the national Title I Distinguished Schools Program. Reward schools can submit portfolios on techniques used that helped contribute to the success of the school, and members of the Title I Distinguished Schools Advisory Council will review the portfolios and use on-site visits to determine which two schools will represent the state.
Schools earned the rewards title for being among the highest 10 percent of all Title I schools in student performance of sub-student groups and all students on statewide assessments or in improvement of student performance in all student groups on statewide assessments.
Data from the last three academic school years was used to determine which schools were among the top 10 percent in each category.
Two other Craven County elementary schools also received recognition as Title I Rewards Schools, Ben Quinn Elementary School in New Bern and Farm Life Elementary School in Vanceboro.