CCSD's Thompson and Bracken Elementary Schools Receive 2017 National Title I Distinguished School Award

Immediate Release

Carson City, NV January 12, 2017

Thompson Elementary and Bracken Elementary schools in the Clark County School District have been recognized nationally as Title I Distinguished Schools where students with social and economic disadvantages have demonstrated outstanding results in closing achievement gaps.

“I would like to extend my congratulations to Thompson Principal Shawn Halland and Bracken Principal Kathleen Decker and their great teachers for demonstrating that regardless of the circumstances, students can succeed,” said Steve Canavero, Ph.D., Superintendent of Public Instruction. “These schools affirm the hard work of students, educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content. Thompson and Bracken are beacons of exemplary teaching and learning.”

The Nevada Department of Education (NDE) nominated Thompson and Bracken to the National Title I Association for recognition of each school’s accomplishments. NDE will award $5,000 each to Thompson and Bracken staff to attend the upcoming National Title I Conference where they will be acknowledged and participate in the Title I Distinguished parade.

"It's an honor to have two schools recognized as National Title I Distinguished Schools out of just 54 in the country," said CCSD Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky. "I applaud Katie Decker and Shawn Halland, as well as their staff, for leading their schools to this tremendous achievement. I'm truly proud of the great work happening in our schools."

Earlier this year NDE announced its inaugural Shining Stars List that included nine schools across four school districts that were either four or five-star schools according to the Nevada School Performance Framework. These schools serve a high percentage of students in poverty and significantly outperformed the state average (top 10 percent) on the Smarter Balanced assessment, administered last spring.

“Thompson and Bracken give us two more schools, in addition to our state’s Shining Stars schools, where we can celebrate outstanding results,” Canavero said.

Thompson was selected because it has significantly closed the achievement gap between student subpopulations using the 2016 Smarter Balanced Nevada results and the Nevada School Performance Framework. Thompson students demonstrated 78 percent proficiency in English Language Arts while scoring 63.2 percent in math.

Bracken was selected for its excellence in serving special populations of students that includes Free and Reduced-Price Lunch (FRL), Individualized Education Program (IEP), English Learners (EL) and Homeless. Bracken students demonstrated 82 percent proficiency in English Language Arts while scoring 63.7 percent in math.


Greg Bortolin