Title 1 Schools in the State of Utah are based on socio-economic demographics which allow schools to qualify for supplemental federal funding. One determining factor in the qualification of a Title I school is the number of students who qualify for free or reduced lunch, so if your child qualifies for free or reduced lunch, please take the time to apply. All elementary schools in Garfield School District are Title I schools. Each year the Utah State Office of Education (USOE) identifies Title I schools as “priority schools” which are the lowest performing 5%; the next 10% is identified as “focus schools”. If schools are identified as a priority or focus school they must implement a strict school improvement plan to qualify for the federal funding. “Reward Schools” include schools that perform at or above the state average on the end-of-level assessments. These end-of-level assessments are administered in the SAGE computer adaptive assessments given at the end of the school year. It is a distinct honor to be recognized as a “Reward School” by the USOE; Escalante Elementary received this prestigious recognition with their recent “A” school letter grade. I would like to compliment Escalante Elementary on achieving such an honorable recognition. The other elementary schools in the District also did well on their end-of-level assessments. I would like to thank the faculty, staff and parents for all of the support and effort they put toward helping the students in Garfield School District.
–Superintendent Ben Dalton