BES Named 2017 National Distinguished Title I School

BES Named 2017 National Distinguished Title I School
Posted on 12/11/2017
Contact: Carrie N. Sterrs
Telephone: 410.632.5092

Newark, MD, December 11, 2017– The National Title I Association is pleased to announce that Buckingham Elementary School (BES) in Berlin, Maryland, has been named a National Title I Distinguished School by the Maryland State Department of Education. Buckingham Elementary is one of up to 100 schools throughout the country (one of two in Maryland) that is being nationally recognized for exceptional student achievement in 2017.

A project of the National Title I Association, the National Title I Distinguished Schools Program publicly recognizes qualifying Title I schools for the outstanding academic achievements of their students. It highlights the efforts of schools across the country making significant improvements for their students. The program has been in place since 1996, showcasing 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

“We are so proud to have Buckingham Elementary School recognized for the outstanding work the school's leadership, faculty and staff are doing to ensure the children in Berlin are continuing to achieve at high levels,” Superintendent Louis Taylor said. “The efforts of the BES school community are commendable, and our county is very excited to celebrate their achievement.”

Title I is the cornerstone of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. It is the largest federally funded pre-college education program in the United States and provides funding to school districts across the country to aid in the education of economically disadvantaged students.

The National Title I Association is a membership organization made up of the Title I Directors from each of the states and territories, who are charged with managing their state Title I program to ensure compliance with federal regulations and to ensure that all children - especially those living in economically disadvantaged conditions - have the opportunity to receive a high-quality education.

The National Title I Association implemented the National Title I Distinguished Schools Program to highlight selected schools that have successfully used their Title I federal funds to improve the education for economically disadvantaged students. More information about all National Title I Distinguished Schools is available on the National Title I Association website:

# # #

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact CEO Bob Harmon by emailing For more information about the National Title I Distinguished Schools, please visit