Webster Elementary in Plymouth Receives "Blue Ribbon" Award
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today recognized 269 schools as 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools based on their overall academic excellence, or for making progress in improving student academic achievement levels. Secretary Duncan was joined by Arlington Public Schools Superintendent Patrick Murphy for the announcement at Arlington Traditional Elementary School in Arlington, Va.
The Department will honor approximately 219 public and 50 private schools at a recognition ceremony on Nov. 12-13 in Washington, D.C. In its 30-year history, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this coveted award on nearly 7,000 of America's schools.
"Our nation has no greater responsibility than helping all children realize their full potential," Duncan said. "Schools honored with the National Blue Ribbon Schools award are committed to accelerating student achievement and preparing students for success in college and careers. Their work reflects the conviction that every child has promise and that education is the surest pathway to a strong, secure future."
The National Blue Ribbon Schools award honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students' levels of achievement.
The program recognizes schools in one of two performance categories. The first category is "Exemplary High Performing," in which schools are recognized among their state's highest performing schools, as measured by state assessments or nationally-normed tests. The second category is "Exemplary Improving," in which schools that have at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds demonstrate the most progress in improving student achievement levels as measured by state assessments or nationally-normed tests.
To select National Blue Ribbon Schools, the Department requests nominations from the top education official in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and the Bureau of Indian Education. The Council for American Private Education (CAPE) nominates private schools. A total of 417 schools nationwide may be nominated, with allocations determined by the numbers of K-12 students and schools in each jurisdiction. The Secretary of Education invites nominated schools to submit an application for possible recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School.
The winners in Indiana include:
- Douglas MacArthur Elementary School in Cedar Lake
- Ferdinand Elementary School in Ferdinand
- LaSalle Intermediate Academy in South Bend
- New Palestine High School in New Palestine
- Northview Elementary School in Valparaiso
- Smoky Row Elementary School in Carmel
- Webster Elementary School in Plymouth
- Yorktown High School in Yorktown
The complete list of all the 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools is available at http://www.ed.gov/nationalblueribbonschools.
Source: U.S. Department of Education
PLYMOUTH — On Friday, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan released the list of 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools. Webster Elementary in Plymouth was among those receiving the honor.
Only eight schools in Indiana were nominated for the award.
In the past, Webster has been named a Four-Star School twice and was awarded a Title I Student Achievement Award.
Duncan recognized only 269 schools with the award based on the overall academic excellence or for making progress in improving student academic achievement levels.
On November 12-13, 219 public schools and 50 private schools will be recognized in a ceremony in Washington, D.C. According to a press release issued on September 7, in the 30-year history, the National Blue Ribbon Schools programs has bestowed the award to nearly 7,000 schools.
Duncan said, “Our nation has no greater responsibility than helping all children realize their full potential. He added, “Schools honored with the National Blue Ribbon award are committed to accelerating student achievement and preparing students for success in college and careers. Their work reflects the conviction that every child has promise and that education is the surest pathway to a strong, secure future.” “The program recognizes achievement in two categories. The first is “Exemplary High Performance” in which schools are recognized among their state’s highest performing schools, as measured by the state’s assessment.
The second is “Exemplary Improving” in which schools that have at least 40 percent of their student population from disadvantaged backgrounds demonstrate progress in improving.
Webster Principal, Carrie McGuire said, “This is a great honor for our school, including the staff, the students, and their families.” “The people and parents at Webster really do work together to do “whatever it takes” to make sure that children are successful.” she said.
McGuire pointed out that the ISTEP scores of the school do not show an achievement gap between the high risk or low income students that can be seen in some other schools. “McGuire said, “We work hard to make sure that children do well even if they have special needs.”
Plymouth Schools Superintendent Daniel Tyree echoed McGuire’s comments saying, “We see a close relationship between the staff, students and parents. This relationship is based on the school corporation’s mission to do whatever it takes to ensure that students maximize their potential.”
Other Indiana Schools being named to the Blue Ribbon Award list included LaSalle Intermediate Academy in South Bend.
Source: Plymouth Pilot News, Carol Anders