Haywood school among NC’s seven Blue Ribbon Schools recognized for closing achievement gap
Carolina Public Press caught this press release from the N.C. Department of Public Instruction:
Seven North Carolina public schools were recently named 2011 National Blue Ribbon Schools by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. These schools are among 255 public and 49 private schools to be recognized for helping all students achieve at very high levels and for making significant progress in closing the achievement gap.
North Carolina public schools receiving this prestigious recognition are: Brown Summit Middle (Guilford County Schools), Collettsville School (Caldwell County Schools), Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy (Mecklenburg County), Mount Airy High (Mount Airy City Schools), Piedmont Open Middle (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools), Quest Academy (Wake County) and Riverbend Elementary (Haywood County Schools).
National Blue Ribbon Schools are selected based on one of two assessment criteria:
Schools with at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds that dramatically improve student performance to high levels on state tests; and
Schools whose students, regardless of background, achieve in the top 10 percent of their state on state tests or, in the case of private schools, in the top 10 percent of the nation on nationally-normed tests.
State education departments nominate public schools that meet the rigorous criteria for consideration. Once all nominations are received, the Secretary invites the nominated schools to submit applications for possible recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School. ...