NEWS RELEASES 2008-09
2008 NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND BLUE RIBBON SCHOOLS ANNOUNCED
Six North Carolina public schools were recently named 2008 No Child Left
Behind Blue Ribbon Schools by U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings.
These schools are among 274 public and 50 private schools to be recognized
for helping all students achieve at very high levels and for making significant
progress in closing the achievement gap.
North Carolina public schools receiving this prestigious recognition are:
- East Elementary and Jefferson Elementary (Cleveland County Schools)
- Arthur W. Edwards Elementary (Craven County Schools)
- Iron Station Elementary (Lincoln County Schools)
- Huntersville Elementary and Providence Spring Elementary (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools)
For the past 26 years, this prestigious program has honored more than 5,800
of the nation's most successful schools. Schools selected for this prestigious
award model excellence in leadership, teaching, curriculum, student achievement
and parental involvement. On July 28, 2002, Department officials announced
that schools singled out for national honors must also reflect the goals of
the nation's new education reforms for high standards and accountability found
under No Child Left Behind.
Blue Ribbon Schools are selected based on one of two assessment criteria:
- Schools with at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds that dramatically improve student performance to high levels on state tests; and
- Schools whose students, regardless of background, achieve in the top 10 percent of their state on state tests or, in the case of private schools, in the top 10 percent of the nation on nationally-normed tests.
Two representatives from each of these schools were honored during a National Recognition Ceremony held Oct. 20-21 in Washington, DC. They received a plaque and a flag signifying their No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon School status.
Additional information regarding the No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Schools Program is available online at www.ed.gov/programs/nclbbrs/index.html or by contacting the NCDPI's Communications division at 919.807.3450.
About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.
For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.