(NEXSTAR) – The U.S. Division of Schooling is honoring the winners of 2022’s Nationwide Blue Ribbon Faculty Awards, recognizing a complete of 297 U.S. faculties for his or her exemplary check performances or efforts to shut achievement gaps between college students.
“I applaud all of the honorees for the 2022 Nationwide Blue Ribbon Faculties Award for creating vibrant, welcoming, and affirming college communities the place college students can study, develop, attain their potential, and obtain their desires,” mentioned Miguel Cardona, the U.S. Secretary of Schooling, in a press launch issued by the Division of Schooling on Thursday. “As our nation continues to recuperate from the pandemic, we all know that our future will solely be as robust because the training we offer to all of our youngsters.”
Cardona added that 2022’s honorees had all gone “above and past” to maintain college students secure whereas making a “optimistic distinction in college students’ lives.”
Created in 1982, the Nationwide Blue Ribbon Faculty Program acknowledges public, parochial and personal studying services from throughout the nation, as nominated by the chief academic officers in every state (for public faculties) or the Council for American Personal Schooling (for personal or parochial faculties).
Faculties will be acknowledged for a Blue Ribbon Faculty Award in one in all two efficiency classes: excessive achievement as measured “by state assessments or nationally normed exams,” and best developments in closing achievement gaps.
This 12 months, faculties from 45 completely different states in addition to DC and the Division of Protection Schooling Exercise (DoDEA) have been acknowledged: 273 public faculties and 24 parochial and personal. Texas boasted essentially the most Blue Ribbon Faculties with a complete of 31, adopted by California (29), New York (20), Illinois (17) and Ohio (13).
A whole listing of 2022’s winners will be discovered at the Nationwide Blue Ribbon Faculties Program web site.
5 states didn’t take part within the Blue Ribbon awards, together with Idaho, Maine, Maryland, Oregon and Vermont, the latter two of which haven’t participated since 1998 and 1994, respectively. Faculties in all U.S. territories and people below the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Indian Schooling (BIE) are eligible for consideration. Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the BIE additionally didn’t take part in 2022.
The Nationwide Blue Ribbon Faculties Program, an initiative of the U.S. Division of Schooling, has issued roughly 10,000 Blue Ribbon Faculty Awards to over 9,000 completely different faculties since its inception. With a purpose to qualify for an award, faculties should meet the broad set of necessities set forth by the Schooling Division earlier than being submitted for consideration by a state official. As much as 421 faculties could also be nominated in a given 12 months, together with 50 whole non-public faculties. As well as, a college can solely be nominated as soon as inside a five-year interval, per this system’s official guidelines.