Champions of Change awarded to WAC

By Staff and Press Reports


Weir Attendance Center recently received a “Champions of Change” award from the Mississippi Department of Education.

They received this award for showcasing the greatest gains in closing achievement gaps for the students.

“This is a tremendous honor,” said Glen Beard, Choctaw County School District Superintendent.

“To close the achievement gap is important for our academic success and growth of our students. We are so proud of our faculty, teachers and staff,” he continued.

MDE staff recognized schools that have earned the title of High Progress, Gold Ribbon, High Performing or Distinguished under federal Title 1 guidelines as “Champions of Change.”

“We recognize that accomplishing this level of achievement or progress doesn’t happen by accident,” said Dr. Kim Benton, interim deputy state superintendent for instructional enhancement and internal operations.

The federal Title I program provides funding to schools across the country for students at risk of failure and living at or near poverty. The goal of funding is to provide students with a fair and equal opportunity to meet challenging academic standards and to help school districts close the achievement gap.

Weir Attendance Center was one of 23 schools in the state awarded the High Progress status.

High Progress schools have demonstrated the greatest gains in closing gaps. These schools represent the highest 10 percent of schools that have improved their QDI scores overall in two years.