Seventeen elementary schools in the Pasadena ISD have been designated as National Title I Distinguished Schools for either outstanding performance or outstanding progress in academics.
Elementary schools designated as distinguished for outstanding performance are: Atkinson, Burnett, Frazier, Garfield, Golden Acres, Laura Bush, Mae Smythe, Matthys, Morales, Pearl Hall, Richey, South Houston, South Shaver, Teague and Young.
Two schools - McMasters and Red Bluff - earned a distinguished designation for outstanding progress.
All fall under the Title I, Part A provisions of the No Child Left Behind program supervised by the Texas Education Agency.
A Title I, Part A school is defined as one having 40 percent or more of its enrollment at a low-income level.
To receive an outstanding performance award, a school must have been rated Exemplary in 2010 and either Exemplary or Recognized in each of the two previous years.
To received an outstanding progress award, a school must have been rated Academically Unacceptable or Acceptable in 2008, either Exemplary or Recognized in 2009 and Exemplary in 2010. Schools must also have met their Annual Yearly Progress goals in both 2009 and 2010.