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Friday, September 07, 2012
Two schools in KAKEland have been recognized by federal education officials for improving student academic achievement levels.
Garden City High School, Marshall Elementary School in Eureka and Goddard High School are three of 269 schools that achieved National Blue Ribbon status based on academic excellence. Four other Kansas schools have also been recognized.
The National Blue Ribbon Schools award honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students’ levels of achievement.
Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, said Nation Blue Ribbon Schools are committed to students’ future education and careers.
“Their work reflects the conviction that every child has promise and that education is the surest pathway to a strong, secure future,” Duncan said.
The program recognizes schools in one of two performance categories. The first category is “Exemplary High Performing,” in which schools are recognized among their state’s highest performing schools, as measured by state assessments or nationally-normed tests. The second category is “Exemplary Improving,” in which schools that have at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds demonstrate the most progress in improving student achievement levels as measured by state assessments or nationally-normed tests.
The Department will honor approximately 219 public and 50 private schools at a recognition ceremony on Nov. 12-13 in Washington, D.C. In its 30-year history, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this coveted award on nearly 7,000 of America’s schools.