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At back from left is Title 1 Literacy and Reading Coach Erin Brouse, Federal Programs Director Patricia Wylie and Principal Cindy Schuyler. At front from left are students Gabriel Frey, Samaya Garfield, Talib Collins, Mylah Engel, Lauren Garcia,  and Dylan Bower. Photo submitted by Williamsport Area School District

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has named Williamsport's Cochran Primary School a 2019-2020 Title 1 Distinguished School, meaning that it ranked among the top 5% of Title 1 schools exhibiting academic growth during the two most recently completed school years.

Cochran was formally recognized on January 27 at the 2020 PA Title 1 Improving School Performance Conference in Pittsburgh.

PDE defines Title 1 as a “100 percent federally funded supplemental education program that provides financial assistance to local educational agencies to improve educational opportunities for educationally deprived children. Title 1 programs are designed to help children meet the state content and performance standards in reading, language arts, and mathematics.”

The driving factors that Principal Cindy Schuyler said she believes helped earn this year’s recognition is not only the high-quality instruction students receive at Cochran but also the support of the district administration and the school community as a whole.

“It became apparent that what is done on a daily basis is good for our students,” Schuyler said. “One common factor that our students get is quality instruction from quality teachers, along with the entire Cochran community helping as a support system. Our entire staff deserves recognition for their effort in helping us achieve this honor.”

“What an honor to be recognized among the top schools across the state,” said WASD Federal Programs Director Patricia Wylie. “I’m proud of the work of our faculty and students to show such growth. We will continue to focus our efforts on academic achievement for all students.”

“For Cochran Primary to be recognized as a Title 1 Distinguished School is a testament to the hard work our faculty and administration put in every day to ensure our students succeed academically,” said Superintendent Dr. Timothy S. Bowers. “I congratulate them on this honor and commend them for their efforts.”

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