9 Amazing Minnesota Schools Honored With National Blue Ribbon Award
353 schools were recognized today by the U.S. Department of Education as being some of the best in the country. Minnesota should feel proud right now because 9 schools on the list are located here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Rochester, Minnesota is known to have one of the best hospitals in the country and now they can say they have one of the best elementary schools too.
What is a National Blue Ribbon School?
“The honorees for our 2023 National Blue Ribbon Schools Award have set a national example for what it means to Raise the Bar in education. The leaders, educators, and staff at our National Blue Ribbon Schools continually inspire me with their dedication to fostering academic excellence and building positive school cultures that support students of all backgrounds to thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. As the Biden-Harris Administration partners with states and schools to accelerate academic success and transform educational opportunity in this country, we take tremendous pride in the achievements of these schools and their commitment to empowering educators, serving students, and engaging families.” - U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona
Check Out The 9 Schools in Minnesota Given The Honor Of Being Named A National Blue Ribbon School
Soon, a National Blue Ribbon School flag will be flying high at these nine Minnesota schools.
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How is a National Blue Ribbon School Award Determined?
According to the National Blue Ribbon Schools website, the U.S. Department of Education looks at the following criteria for the award:
- Exemplary High-Performing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.
- Exemplary Achievement Gap-Closing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s student groups and all students.
Every school that is nominated must also fill out an application that elaborates on the culture and philosophy at the school, highlights the curriculum, and assessments, instructional practices, professional development, and leadership structures. I know that a lot of schools stress parent involvement and this actually plays a part in the award as well. Community involvement is also a deciding factor.
Learn more about the process and all of the schools that were awarded this amazing honor at the National Blue Ribbon School website.