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Arab Elementary School named as a National ESEA (Title I) Distinguished School


Arab Elementary School has been named as a National ESEA (Title I) Distinguished School by the Alabama State Department of Education. Arab Elementary School was selected by the ALSDE for national recognition because of the success of the educational programs and progress made by students. Arab Elementary School was the only Alabama school named as a National ESEA Distinguished School for 2018. 




DATE:  January 22, 2019


Washington D.C. – Sixty-eight U.S. schools have been named 2018 National ESEA Distinguished Schools for the extraordinary success of their students.

The National Association of ESEA State Program Administrators (NAESPA)—formerly the National Title I Association—has been selecting examples of superior, federally funded school programs for national recognition through the National ESEA Distinguished Schools program (recently renamed from its predecessor, the National Title I Distinguished Schools program) since 1996.  We celebrate the efforts of schools across the country making significant improvements. The program acknowledged the success of hundreds of schools in one of three categories:

  •  Category 1: Exceptional student performance for two consecutive years
  • Category 2: Closing the achievement gap between student groups
  • Category 3: Excellence in serving special populations of students (e.g. homelessness, migrant, English learners, etc.)

Title I is the cornerstone of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)—it is the largest federally funded pre-college education program in the United States.  Together with other federal education programs of the ESEA—which are jointly focused on student equity and access—they provide funding to school districts to aid primarily in the education of economically disadvantaged students.

NAESPA implemented the National ESEA Distinguished Schools Program to highlight selected schools that have effectively used their ESEA federal funds to improve education outcomes for students.


More information about all National ESEA Distinguished Schools is available on the NAESPA website:


2018 National ESEA Distinguised School