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Lakewood Local Schools’ Jackson Intermediate Named an ESEA National Distinguished School for 2023

2023 National ESES Distinguished School Graphic
Shannon Caudill

JIS has been named a National Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Distinguished School by the state education agency in Ohio, and is one of up to 100 schools throughout the country that is being nationally recognized for exceptional student achievement in 2023.

Lakewood Local Schools’ Jackson Intermediate Named an ESEA National Distinguished School for 2023

Jackson Intermediate School (JIS) has been named a National Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Distinguished School by the state education agency in Ohio. JIS is one of up to 100 schools throughout the country that is being nationally recognized for exceptional student achievement in 2023.

“This recognition is such an honor for Jackson Intermediate and the larger Lakewood Local Schools’ community,” said Dr. Mark Gleichauf, Superintendent. “The pursuit of improving student outcomes is a journey, not a destination. This is one of those times on that journey to take stock in our efforts. Lakewood teachers and administrators are doing the right things to improve these student outcomes. I am pleased they have received recognition from outside our district for their work in this area.”

A project of National Association of ESEA State Program Administrators (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 nationwide to make 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.)

Jackson was recognized in Category 1.

“I am so proud of all of our students, families, and staff at Jackson Intermediate,” said Jackson Principal Beth Cline. “These kids and adults are working hard every day and it’s great to see that effort being rewarded with this recognition. Each year, the Ohio Department of Education’s Office of Federal Programs has the opportunity to nominate two schools for this prestigious recognition. Congratulations to all of our Jackson Intermediate community.”

More information about all National ESEA Distinguished Schools is available on the ESEA Network website: www.ESEAnetwork.org/ds.

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