FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SEPT. 30, 2014
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Eight Minnesota Schools Named National Blue Ribbon Schools
ROSEVILLE – Today, the U.S. Department of Education announced that eight schools in Minnesota have been named National Blue Ribbon Schools. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes schools that are making exemplary progress in closing achievement gaps or exemplary academic performance.
“I congratulate these schools for their great work to close achievement gaps and help all students succeed,”said Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius. ”These schools and districts are using data and intensive staff training to create an environment where kids succeed. This is an incredible achievement that would not be possible without dedicated teachers and students.”
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle and high schools based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student groups. Every year, the U.S. Department of Education seeks out and celebrates great American schools, schools demonstrating that all students can achieve at high levels. More than 7,500 schools across the country have been presented with this coveted award.
“We’re seeing something unique in this year’s winners—multiple winning schools from a single district in a single year, or in recent years. That tells us these schools have figured out something special and important: how to move the needle not for just the kids in one school, but for kids in schools across the district,” said Cassellius.
The National Blue Ribbon School award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content. The National Blue Ribbon School flag gracing an entry or flying overhead is a widely recognized symbol of exemplary teaching and learning.
Read the U.S. Department of Education’s press release (http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-department-education-announces-2014-national-blue-ribbon-schools).
Minnesota’s 2014 Blue Ribbon Schools:
Exemplary High Performing Schools
- Battle Lake Secondary (Battle Lake School District)
- Baxter Elementary (Brainerd Public School District)
- Lowell Elementary (Brainerd Public School District)
- Nisswa Elementary (Brainerd Public School District)
Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools
- Garfield Elementary (Brainerd Public School District)
- Harrison Elementary (Brainerd Public School District)
- Riverside Elementary (Brainerd Public School District)
- A.C.G.C. Elementary (A.C.G.C. Public School District)