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Cold Spring Elementary School named a National ESEA Distinguished School

Cold Spring Elementary School named a National ESEA Distinguished School

November 18, 2021

The National Association of ESEA State Program Administrators (NAESPA) is pleased to announce that Cold Spring Elementary School from Plymouth, Massachusetts has been named a National ESEA Distinguished School by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Cold Spring Elementary School is one of up to 100 schools throughout the country that is being nationally recognized for exceptional student achievement in 2021. 

A project of 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 across the country making significant improvements for their students. The Distinguished School program recognizes schools whose students perform at very high levels, make significant progress in closing the achievement gap, or demonstrate excellence in serving special populations of students. 

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.

The Association is a membership organization made up of State ESEA Program Administrators, and their staff from each of the states and territories, charged with managing their state federal education program. They ensure compliance with federal regulations, but more importantly, work to see that all children — especially those living in economically disadvantaged conditions — have the opportunity to receive a high-quality education. NAESPA implements the National ESEA Distinguished Schools Program to highlight selected schools that have successfully used their ESEA federal funds to improve the education for all students–including economically disadvantaged students. More information about all National ESEA Distinguished Schools is available on the ESEA Network website: