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No Child Left Behind -- Blue Ribbon Schools Program
Blue Ribbon Schools Program
On July 28, 2002, the Secretary announced that schools singled out for national honors will now reflect the goals of our nation's new education reforms for high standards and accountability. The No Child Left Behind—Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private K-12 schools that are either academically superior in their states or that demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement. First, it recognizes schools that have at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds that dramatically improve student performance to a high level on state assessments or assessments referenced against national norms at a particular grade, as determined by the Chief State School Officer (CSSO). Second, it recognizes schools whose students, whether from disadvantaged or privileged backgrounds, achieve in the top 10 percent on state tests or the top 10 percent in the state on assessments referenced against national norms at a particular grade. These No Child Left Behind - Blue Ribbon Schools will be honored at a Washington, DC ceremony and invited to present at Department conferences.
Nomination Process for Public Schools:
The CSSO has the responsibility to insure that the schools meet the criteria for recognition before sending those names to the Secretary. Based on state data, the CSSO certifies that the submitted schools meet one of two criteria: