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Prince George’s Gray Elementary wins national distinction

Robert R. Gray Elementary School in Prince George’s County, which has had success in narrowing the achievement gap between student groups, was named a National Title I Distinguished School for the 2013-2014 school year.

“The students and staff at Robert R. Gray Elementary School should be proud of this accomplishment and are to be commended,” said Kevin M. Maxwell, the chief executive officer of the county schools, in a statement. “This honor indicates that the school is closing achievement gaps and ensuring that all students have the skills they need for success in middle school.”

Robert R. Gray was nominated by the Maryland State Department of Education based on student performance on the state assessments. The Seat Pleasant school, which receives federal Title 1 funds to help disadvantaged student meet academic standards, is one of two to receive the recognition. New Song Academy in Baltimore also received the national distinction.

The schools were honored by the U.S. Department of Education during a ceremony in California this week.

Ovetta Wiggins covers Maryland state politics in Annapolis.

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