Schools of Recognition


Since 2003, DPI has recognized schools which have, under the Federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, met the following criteria:

  • Are Title I-eligible schools;
  • Are in the top quartile of the state for the percentage of students receiving free/reduced lunch;
  • Have above-average student academic performance on WKCE test scores (Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam) in reading and mathematics when compared to similar schools;
  • Fall into one of the top three Accountability Index categories of “Meeting Expectations,” “Exceeding Expectations,” or “Significantly Exceeding Expectations” on the School Report Card; and
  • Meet the state's test-participation, attendance, and dropout goals. 

The schools which meet the criteria above are honored at the Schools of Recognition ceremony held annually at the State Capitol in Madison, WI.

Schools of Recognition for 2014-15

Beginning in 2012-13, DPI expanded the Title I Rewards Program to include High Progress and High-Achieving SchoolsThis expansion represents Title I schools that will serve as a model for all schools across the state striving to meet our nation’s new accountability measures and Wisconsin’s Agenda 2017 goals to improve graduation rates and close college and career readiness gaps.

A total of 173 schools received the Schools of Recognition award for 2014-15. Three schools earned Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition honors for 10 consecutive years, and 10 schools earned the award for a fifth consecutive year. One school — Marengo Valley School in the Ashland School District — has earned the award for all 13 years of the program These schools were recognized at an awards ceremony at the State Capitol.

Click here to see the Wisconsin Schools of Recognition Past Honorees.


Video of keynote speaker, Michael Perry, from the 2012-13 Schools of Recognition event.

For questions about this information, contact the Title I and School Support Team (608) 267-3721