WASHINGTON, D.C. - Eleven Maryland schools were recognized by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan as 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools, based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in improving student academic achievement.
The Department will honor 236 public and 50 private schools at a recognition ceremony on Nov. 18-19 in Washington, D.C. In its 31-year history, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this coveted award on nearly 7,500 of America's schools.
"Excellence in education matters and we should honor the schools that are leading the way to prepare students for success in college and careers," said Duncan in a statement. "National Blue Ribbon schools represent examples of educational excellence, and their work reflects the belief that every child in America deserves a world-class education."
The National Blue Ribbon Schools award honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students' levels of achievement.
According to a U.S. Department of Education news release, the Blue Ribbon program recognizes schools in one of two performance categories. The first category is "Exemplary High Performing," in which schools are recognized among their state's highest performing schools, as measured by state assessments or nationally-normed tests.
The second category is "Exemplary Improving," in which schools that have at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds demonstrate the most progress in improving student achievement levels as measured by state assessments or nationally-normed tests.
Those schools recognized in Maryland were:
"I am extremely proud of these three schools, whose accomplishments reflect the commitment to excellence of their teachers, students, and parents and of all Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Baltimore," said Barbara Edmondson, superintendent of Catholic Schools in a statement. "Our schools today continue to build upon the outstanding legacy of Catholic education that began over 200 years ago by providing an academically-excellent, faith-based education and an unparalleled foundation for every child they serve."
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