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NORMAN COUNTY EAST SCHOOLS

On Thursday, September 9, 2010, Norman County East Elementary was one of only 304 schools in the nation to be announced as a Blue Ribbon School for 2010 in Washington, D.C. by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan! The schools--254 public and 50 private--will be honored at an awards ceremony on November 15 and 16 in Washington, D.C.

 

Norman County East Elementary is one of only 6 schools in Minnesota to recieve this honor for the 2010 year.

 

The Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools that are either high performing or have improved student achievement to high levels, especially among disadvantaged students. The program is part of a larger Department of Education effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about best school leadership and teaching practices. Each year since 1982, the U.S. Department of Education has sought out schools where students attain and maintain high academic goals, including those that beat the odds.

Eligibility for Public Schools: the Secretary of Education invites each Chief State School Officer (CSSO), including the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), to nominate those schools that meet the criteria for recognition. In submitting nominated schools, the CSSO of each state, BIA or DoDEA must certify that the nominated schools meet the minimum requirements established by the Department and describe any other criteria used by the state to nominate the schools. States must rely on their state assessment systems to identify schools for submission to the Secretary. The nomination criteria, including assessments, must pertain equally to all schools nominated from the individual state.

Blue Ribbon Schools must meet either of two criteria:

  • High performing schools: Regardless of the school's demographics or percentage of students from disadvantaged backgrounds, the school is high performing. These are schools that are ranked among a state's highest performing schools as measured by state assessments in both reading (English language arts) and mathematics or that score at the highest performance level on tests referenced by national norms in at least the most recent year tested.
    • For public schools, "high performing" is defined by the CSSO of each state, but at a minimum means (a) that the achievement of the school's students in the most recent year tested places the school among the highest performing schools in the state on state assessments of reading (or English language arts) and mathematics, and (b) disaggregated results for student subgroups, including students from disadvantaged backgrounds, must be similar to the results for all students tested. In addition, one-third of the schools nominated by each state must be schools with at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Public schools must also make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) two years prior to nomination and also in the year of their nomination.
    • For private schools, "high performing" means (a) that the achievement of the school's students in the most recent year tested places the school among the highest performing schools in the nation in reading (or English language arts) and mathematics as measured by a nationally normed test or among the highest in its state as measured by a state test. If a private school administers both state test and nationally normed tests, the school must be among the highest in both. (b)Disaggregated results for student groups, including students from disadvantaged backgrounds, must be similar to the results for all students tested.
  • Improving schools: These are schools with at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds that have reduced the achievement gap by improving student performance to high levels in reading (English language arts) and mathematics on state assessments or tests referenced by national norms in at least the most recent year tested.
    • For public schools, "improving student performance to high levels" is defined by the CSSO of each state but, at a minimum, means: (a) the school has demonstrated a positive trend in test results from the earliest to the most recent year tested, (b) in the most recent year tested, the achievement of the school's students places the school in the top 40 percent of schools in the state on state assessments of reading (or English language arts) and mathematics, and (c) disaggregated results for student subgroups, including students from disadvantaged backgrounds must show improvement similar to that of all students.
For private schools, "improving student performance to high levels" means: (a) the school has demonstrated a positive trend in test results from the earliest to the most recent year tested, (b) in the most recent year tested, the achievement of the school's students places the school in the top 40 percent of schools in the nation in reading (or English language arts) and mathematics as measured by nationally normed assessments. If a private school administers both state tests and nationally normed tests, the school must be in the top 40 percent in both, and (c) disaggregated results for student subgroups, including students from disadvantaged backgrounds, also must show improvement similar to that of all students.
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