27 Valley schools recognized

The state Department of Education recognized 27 Valley elementary schools Thursday that use federal No Child Left Behind funding for academic achievement.

Sanger Unified School District had eight schools recognized. Clovis Unified had five -- of nine district schools receiving No Child Left Behind funding -- reach the goal.

Four schools in Fresno Unified and two in Kerman Unified also reached the goal.

To gain recognition, schools must show that all students are making progress toward proficiency on California's academic standards and that "disadvantaged students" doubled the achievement targets set for them in two consecutive years.

The schools recognized receive funding through the No Child Left Behind program, approved in 2001. The funding, under the long-established Title I federal program, assists schools in meeting the needs of students who live at or near the poverty level.

About two-thirds of California's schools participate in the program, 6,000 overall. There were 238 California schools that met the standards this year.

Schools honored included:

* Sanger Unified: Centerville Elementary; Fairmont Elementary; Jackson Elementary; Jefferson Elementary; John Wash Elementary; Lone Star Elementary; Madison Elementary; and Wilson Elementary.

* Clovis Unified: Miramonte Elementary; Fancher Creek Elementary; Jefferson Elementary; Sierra Vista Elementary; and Clovis Elementary.

* Fresno Unified: Design Science Early College High School; Manchester GATE; Bullard TALENT; and Baird Middle School.

* Kerman Unified: Sun Empire Elementary and Liberty Intermediate.

* Others: Monroe Elementary in Fresno County; Riverdale Elementary in Riverdale; Santa Fe Elementary in Porterville Unified; Donn B. Chenoweth Elementary in Merced; Peggy Heller Elementary in Atwater; El Nido Elementary in Merced County; Yamato Colony Elementary in Livingston; and Schendel Elementary in Delhi.

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