CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ Three West Virginia public schools are among 287 schools across the country to be recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as 2007 No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Schools, the West Virginia Department of Education announced Tuesday.
Frankford Elementary in Greenbrier County, Pineville Middle School in Wyoming County and Scott Teays Elementary in Putnam County were honored for either making significant progress in closing the achievement gap or having students achieve at very high levels.
“The students and teachers at these schools should be very proud of their achievement,” state Schools Superintendent Steve Paine said. “They will serve as role models for the rest of the state and for the entire country.”
The program recognizes schools whose students, whether from disadvantaged or privileged backgrounds, achieve in the top 10 percent on state tests or in the top 10 percent of the country on nationally normed tests. States set their own academic standards and benchmark goals because each state knows best what goals and criteria are most appropriate for its school districts.
To be chosen, schools must make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in reading and language arts and mathematics. They also must have at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds that dramatically improve student performance to a high level on state tests.
"These schools are proving that when we raise the bar our children will rise to the challenge," U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings said. "It takes a lot of hard work by teachers and students to become a Blue Ribbon school, and it's a privilege to celebrate their great efforts."
A total of 413 schools nationwide can be nominated for the honor, based on how many schools and students reside in each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The Chief State School Officer (CSSO) nominates public schools, and the Council for American Private Education (CAPE) submits private schools nominations.
The schools will be honored at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 12-13.
For more information, contact the WVDE Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.