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9/13/2010 9:41 AM
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September 9, 2010 -- U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today recognized 304 schools
as 2010 National Blue Ribbon Schools. Secretary Duncan was joined by
Washington, D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, D.C. Public Schools Chancellor
Michelle Rhee and George Washington University Provost Steven Lerman for
the announcement at School Without Walls Senior High School, a 2010
Blue Ribbon School in Washington, D.C.
The schools—254 public and 50 private—will be honored at an awards
ceremony Nov. 15-16 in Washington, D.C. In the past 28 years, more than
6,000 of America's schools have received this coveted award.
"Our nation has a responsibility to help all children realize their
full potential," Duncan said. "Schools honored with the Blue Ribbon
Schools award are committed to achievement and to ensuring that students
learn and succeed. Their work reflects the conviction that every child
has promise and must receive a quality education."
The award honors public and private elementary, middle and high
schools whose students achieve at very high levels or have made
significant progress and helped close gaps in achievement especially
among disadvantaged and minority students. Each year since 1982, the
U.S. Department of Education has sought out schools where students
attain and maintain high academic goals, including those that beat the
The Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private schools based on one of two criteria:
- Schools whose students, regardless of backgrounds, are high
performing. These are schools ranked among the state's highest
performing schools as measured by their performance on state assessments
or in the case of private schools, that score at the highest
performance level on tests referenced by national norms in at least the
most recent year tested; and
- Schools with at least 40 percent of their students from
disadvantaged backgrounds that improve student performance to high
levels as measured by the school's performance on state assessments or
A total of 413 schools nationwide can be nominated, based on the
number of K-12 students and the number of schools in each state, the
District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The chief state school officer
nominates public schools, and the Council for American Private Education
(CAPE) submits private schools' nominations. The schools are invited
by the secretary of education to submit an application for possible
recognition as a Blue Ribbon School.
A list of the 2010 Blue Ribbon Schools is available at http://www.ed.gov/programs/nclbbrs/awards.html., or scroll to the PDF below.
Minnesota 2010 Blue Ribbon Schools
Byron High School, Byron (Michael Duffy, principal)
Greenwood Elementary School, Plymouth (Brad Gustafson, principal)
Lewiston-Altura Elementary School, Lewiston (Dave Riebel, principal)
Norman County East Elementary School, Gary (Dean Krogstad, superintendent)
Parkview Center School, Roseville (Kristen Smith Olson, principal)
Southwest Elementary School, Grand Rapids (Ken Decoster, principal)
Congratulations to our MESPA leaders! (in bold)
What is a blue ribbon school?
The Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary,
middle level, and high schools that are either high performing or have
improved student achievement to high levels, especially among
disadvantaged students. The program is part of a larger U.S. Department of
Education effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about best school
leadership and teaching practices. Each year since 1982, the U.S.
Department of Education has sought out schools where students attain and
maintain high academic goals, including those that beat the odds.