Secretary of Education Steven Godowsky — joined by principals, superintendents, educators, parents and students — will honor the 2016 Reward and Recognition School award winners at 1 p.m. Jan. 11 at Booker T. Washington Elementary School, 901 Forest St., Dover.

These awards, created by legislation passed by the Delaware General Assembly in 2009, formerly were called Academic Achievement Awards. They recognize schools for closing the achievement gap and/or showing exceptional growth on state tests for two or more consecutive years.

This year, 14 schools are being honored. Each county is represented among the winners.

Recognition Schools honored are: Academy of Dover Charter School, Dover; W. Reily Brown Elementary School, Caesar Rodney School District; John M. Clayton Elementary School, Indian River School District; Robert S. Gallaher Elementary School, Christina School District; Nellie Hughes Stokes Elementary School, Caesar Rodney School District; North Dover Elementary School, Capital School District; Seaford Central Elementary School, Seaford School District; Phillip C. Showell Elementary School, Indian River School District; and Jennie E. Smith Elementary School, Christina School District.

National Distinguished Title, Schools and Recognition Schools honored are: Lake Forest North Elementary School, Lake Forest School District; and Booker T. Washington Elementary School, Capital School District.

Reward Schools honored are: East Millsboro Elementary School, Indian River School District; and Lake Forest East Elementary School, Lake Forest School District.

School of Continued Excellence honored is Lake Forest South Elementary School, Lake Forest School District.