Two local schools were among the six across the state named Maryland Blue Ribbon Schools.
Western School of Technology in Baltimore County and Linthicum Elementary School in Anne Arundel County each received the prestigious designation, which was announced Tuesday by the Maryland State Board of Education.
Western joins Dulaney, Eastern Tech and Towson high schools as recent Blue Ribbon winners. In total, 20 Baltimore County schools have earned Maryland Blue Ribbons, 16 of which earned national Blue Ribbon status.
According to Baltimore County Public Schools, Western Tech in the past two years has seen participation in Advanced Placement exams rise from 370 to 548, with its passing rate increased from 55 to 68.4 percent.
Linthicum Elementary School became the county's 16th Maryland Blue Ribbon School in Anne Arundel County to receive the designation.
According to Anne Arundel County Public Schools, 97.8 percent of students scored "proficient" or "advanced" in math and 96.9 percent fared just as well in reading on the 2012-13 Maryland School Assessments.
The other schools to receive Blue Ribbons are Frost Elementary School in Allegany County, Northern Garrett High School in Garrett County, Cashell Elementary School in Montgomery County, and Robert Goddard French Immersion Elementary/Middle School in Prince George's County.
Blue Ribbon School designation is a state and national program that recognizes schools that meet rigorous standards developed by the Maryland State Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Education. State Blue Ribbon schools are candidates for national Blue Ribbon designation. National awardees will be announced by the U.S. Department of Education in September 2014.