Danville School Given 'Blue Ribbon' Title
Forest Hills Elementary School in Danville was awarded the title of “National Blue Ribbon School” by the U.S. Department of Education. Six other Virginia public schools, along with three private ones, were also granted the title.
The Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private K-12 schools that are either academically superior or that demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement.
The National Blue Ribbon Schools are selected based on one of two criteria: performance on state assessments, or in the case of private schools, performance on national standardized tests; or schools with at least 40 percent of students from disadvantaged backgrounds that raise achievement as measured by state assessments or national standardized tests.
“Each of these schools has maintained full state accreditation despite a significant increase in the rigor of the commonwealth’s standards, assessments and accountability benchmarks,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright said in a news release.
All seven public 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools earned awards earlier this year through the Virginia Index of Performance program.
The US Department of Education will honor all of the nation’s 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools during a conference and awards ceremony Nov. 18-19 in Washington, D.C.
Posted: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 2:57 pm
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