The National Title I Association recognized the schools Jan. 31 at its annual conference in Kansas City, Mo.
Title I is the cornerstone of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, reauthorized in 2015 as ESSA. Title I provides funding for students in schools that serve low-income communities.
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) nominated Eisenhower Academy for the honor based on its exceptional student performance for two or more consecutive years.
ISBE nominated Washington Elementary School for significantly closing the achievement gap between student groups.
ISBE honored both schools at the annual statewide Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Conference, which was held Feb. 11 through Feb. 13 in Chicago.
Jason Helfer, deputy superintendent for teaching and learning at the Illinois State Board of Education, presented the award to (from left) Ankhe Bradley, Joliet Public Schools District 86 assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, Eisenhower Academy third grade teachers Clare Reyes and Jennifer Barker, and Eisenhower Principal Wendy Wolgan.