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Five Colorado schools awarded 2013 Blue Ribbon Schools

September 24, 2013
News Release

Five Colorado schools awarded 2013 Blue Ribbon Schools

Commissioner of Education Robert Hammond today congratulated five Colorado schools named by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan as 2013 Blue Ribbon 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,” Secretary Duncan said. “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 schools are Columbia Elementary School in Colorado Springs (Colorado Springs School District 11), Lois Lenski Elementary School in Centennial (Littleton Public Schools), Ponderosa Elementary School in Aurora (Cherry Creek Schools), Ralston Elementary School in Golden (Jeffco Public Schools) and Traut Core Knowledge School in Fort Collins (Poudre School District).

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. 

The 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.

 In all, 286 schools were recognized as 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools.  A complete list is available at http://www.ed.gov/nationalblueribbonschools.  

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