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Blue Ribbon Schools Selected

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) – Four Kentucky public schools have been designated as 2008 No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education.

The four are:
· Highland Elementary, Daviess County
· Veterans Park Elementary, Fayette County
· May Valley Elementary, Floyd County
· White Hall Elementary, Madison County

Nationwide, nearly 300 schools will be honored with NCLB - Blue Ribbon Schools awards, which recognize public and private P-12 schools that help students achieve at very high levels and for making significant progress in closing achievement gaps.

The program requires schools to meet either of two assessment criteria. It recognizes schools that have at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds that dramatically improve student performance in reading and mathematics over the last three years in accordance with state assessment systems; and it rewards schools that score in the top 10 percent statewide in reading and mathematics on state assessments. Schools also must make adequate yearly progress under the requirements of the federal NCLB Act.

Representatives from each school will attend a recognition ceremony later this year in Washington, D.C.

Since the program’s revamping in 2003, 21 Kentucky public schools have been named NCLB-Blue Ribbon Schools. More information on the program is available at http://www.ed.gov/programs/nclbbrs/index.html.


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