CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) and State Superintendent of Schools Michael Martirano recognized two West Virginia schools as among America's best. The honor occurred during the board's monthly meeting in Charleston.
C. W. Shipley Elementary School in Jefferson County and Woodsdale Elementary School in Ohio County were named by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan as 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools.
"The National Blue Ribbon recognition is a great honor not only for the chosen schools but also for our entire state," said Superintendent Martirano. "The award exemplifies the fact that every school and every student has the potential to succeed. The hard work, dedication and commitment of teachers, parents and students to advance teaching and learning can serve as a model for others as we move forward on our journey to improve the state's graduation, attendance and dropout rates."
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students either achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap. The award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content. Since the program's inception in 1982, approximately 7,900 schools have been honored as National Blue Ribbon Schools.
For more information, contact Liza Cordeiro in the West Virginia Department of Education Communication Office at (304) 558-2699.