5 Iowa schools get Blue Ribbon honors
Five Iowa schools have been named National Blue Ribbon Schools for their overall academic excellence or for their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. The schools are:
- Charter Oak-Ute Elementary School, Charter Oak-Ute Community School District: Closing the achievement gap
- North Kossuth Elementary School, North Kossuth Community School District: Closing the achievement gap
- Stilwell Junior High School, West Des Moines Community School District: High performing school
- Tipton Elementary School, Tipton Community School District: High performing school
- Whittier Elementary School, Indianola Community School District: High performing school
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced the 342 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2017 today.
“Iowa can learn from these schools as our education system continues to make sure every student is prepared for success in and beyond school,” said Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise. “We celebrate Iowa’s Blue Ribbon Schools for their commitment to excellence and for their leadership.”
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap.
This coveted award affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content.
Now in its 35th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed recognition on more than 8,500 schools. On Nov. 6-7, the Secretary and the U.S. Department of Education will celebrate with these honorees at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.
All schools are honored in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, subgroup student scores and graduation rates:
- Exemplary High Performing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.
- Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s subgroups and all students over the past five years.
Up to 420 schools may be nominated each year. The Department invites National Blue Ribbon School nominations from the top education official in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Department of Defense Education Activity and the Bureau of Indian Education. Private schools are nominated by The Council for American Private Education (CAPE).
Brief descriptions of award winners available on the 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools website.