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Model Elementary School National ESEA Distinguished School

December 7th, 2022 – 5:32 PM

Press Release –

Model Elementary School has been selected by the state of Georgia for national recognition as a 2022 National ESEA Distinguished School because of its success in educational programs and the progress made by its students. Each state may only name two schools as National ESEA Distinguished Schools per year, therefore, this is an especially prestigious honor. 

The National Association of ESEA State Program Administrators (NAESPA) is pleased to announce that Model Elementary School has been named a National ESEA Distinguished School by the state education agency in Georgia.  Model Elementary is one of up to 100 schools throughout the country that is being nationally recognized for exceptional student achievement in 2022. A project of NAESPA, the National ESEA Distinguished Schools Program publicly recognizes qualifying federally funded 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 and academic growth, as determined by each state.

CATEGORY 2: Closing the achievement gap between student groups, as determined by each state.

CATEGORY 3: Excellence in serving special populations of students (e.g. homeless, migrant, English learners, etc.).

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) provides additional resources for vulnerable students and federal grants to state educational agencies to improve the quality of public elementary and secondary education. The Association is a membership organization made up of State ESEA Program Administrators, and their staff from each of the states and territories, charged with managing their state federal education program. They ensure compliance with federal regulations, but more importantly, work to see that all children — especially those living in economically disadvantaged conditions — have the opportunity to receive a high-quality education. NAESPA implements the National ESEA Distinguished Schools Program to highlight selected schools that have successfully used their ESEA federal funds to improve education for all students–including economically disadvantaged students. More information about all National ESEA Distinguished Schools is available on the ESEA Network website:

“I am very proud of the students, teachers, administrators, and staff at Model Elementary School.  This is an amazing award for Model Elementary.  To be one of only two schools in the state of Georgia to receive this award is very impressive.  This is another example of the outstanding schools, students, teachers, administrators, and staff that we have in the Floyd County School System,” said Dr. Glenn White, Superintendent for Floyd County Schools.