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Burton Magnet Elementary named a 2020 National ESEA Distinguished School


We are thrilled to inform you that Burton Magnet Elementary School has been recognized nationally for its outstanding academic achievements of its students during the 2020 school year!

The National Association of Elementary and Secondary Education Act State Program Administrators, or NAESPA, announced Burton Magnet Elementary was named a National ESEA Distinguished School by the state education agency. Burton is one of up to 100 schools throughout the country that is being nationally recognized for exceptional student achievement. This recognition highlights the efforts of schools across the country making significant improvements for their students.

“The leadership and staff at Burton have worked diligently to provide educational resources and support to students and families in order to achieve success inside and outside of the classroom,” said Dr. Pascal Mubenga, DPS Superintendent. “I am elated that their work continues to be recognized on the national level.”

The program has been in place since 1996 and showcases the success of hundreds of schools in one of three categories:

Category 1: Exceptional student performance and academic growth for two or more consecutive years

Category 2: Closing the achievement gap between student groups for two or more consecutive years

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

Burton was recognized for category 3 for its excellence in serving special populations of students and progress in supporting students with disabilities.

“I am very excited for Dr. Ferrell and her staff as they have engaged in best practice strategies using data and strong instruction to ensure that all of their students reach their goals and academic success,” said Dr. Darlene Ryan, Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Schools. “This is a well-deserved honor for Burton and the students who attend there. I am so thankful that the community at large has recognized Burton Elementary for their excellence.”

BMES will receive a banner to commemorate the designation as a Distinguished School, an award in the amount of $12,500.00, receive recognition at a NC State Board of Education meeting, and be honored during the National ESEA Conference to be held virtually February 8-11, 2021.

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.