Two schools have been named Title I Distinguished Schools of the Year by the Colorado Department of Education.
The winners are Nisley Elementary School in Mesa County Valley School District 51 and Swink Elementary School in Swink School District.
Nisley was chosen for closing the achievement gap. About 66 percent of the students were proficient or advanced on state tests in reading; and 62 percent were proficient and advanced in math. Nearly 80 percent of the students are impoverished.
Swink was chosen for the exceptional student performance award. About 92 percent of the students scored proficient or advance on the state assessments in reading or in the top 15 percent of elementary schools in the state.
They were chosen out of 600 schools. To be eligible schools have to be at least 30 percent minority, have 40 percent of students impoverished, and the school must have 200 or more students.