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Three West Virginia Schools Earn NCLB Blue Ribbon Honor

September 17, 2004

Charleston, W.Va. - Three West Virginia schools are being nationally recognized by the United States Department of Education as No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Schools.  

Suncrest Middle School, Monongalia County, Riverside Elementary, Mingo County, and Frametown Elementary, Braxton County, were honored for either making significant progress in closing the achievement gap or having students achieve at very high levels. Selected schools from across the country were given this distinction this week.  

The program recognizes schools that have at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds that dramatically improve student performance to a high level on state assessments or assessments referenced against national norms at a particular grade. It also recognizes schools whose students, whether from disadvantaged or privileged backgrounds, achieve in the top 10 percent on state tests or the top 10 percent in the state on assessment referenced against national norms at a particular grade.  

“The students and teachers at these schools should be very proud of their achievement,” said State Schools Superintendent David Stewart. “They will serve as role models for the rest of the state and for the entire country.”  

Officials from the U.S. Department of Education visited the three schools Thursday and Friday to personally congratulate students, teachers and administrators on a job well done.  

From across the country, only 142 elementary schools, 29 middle schools, 32 high schools and three K-12 schools were selected for this distinction.

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