Three W.Va. Schools Receive 2008 Blue Ribbon Honor

September 09, 2008

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Three West Virginia schools have been recognized as among America’s best.


Williamstown Elementary in Wood County, Ravenswood Middle School in Jackson County and John Marshall High School in Marshall County were among 320 schools named Tuesday by U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings as 2008 No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Schools.


The No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon School program recognizes schools that make significant progress in closing the achievement gap or whose students achieve at very high levels. The schools will receive an award certificate in recognition of the progress they have made.


“These schools are fine examples of places where parents, teachers, administrators and the community have formed partnerships to help all students learn to high standards,” said state Superintendent Steve Paine. “Their hard work, dedication and commitment should serve as a model for others.”  

To qualify, public schools must have at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds that dramatically improve student performance on state tests or have students, regardless of background, achieve in the top 10 percent of their state on state tests. Private schools must achieve in the top 10 percent in the nation on national tests to qualify.  

Under No Child Left Behind, schools must make Adequate Yearly Progress, or AYP, in reading and language arts and mathematics. Each state sets its own academic standards and benchmark goals since each state knows best what goals and criteria are most appropriate for its school districts.  

Nearly 6,000 schools have been honored as National Blue Ribbon Schools since the program’s inception 1982.

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