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January 17, 2012 > Two local schools selected for National Blue Ribbon Honor

Two local schools selected for National Blue Ribbon Honor

Submitted By Pam Slater, Office of State Schools Superintendent

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson recently announced the selection of 35 public schools as California's nominees to the 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools Program (BRSP), which recognizes some of the highest-performing and most improved schools in the nation.

Included among those named, are two from the Tri-Cities region - Durham Elementary School and Hopkins Junior High School, both in Fremont.

Each year the U.S. Department of Education outlines the categories for nomination. In 2012 there are two categories:

Exemplary High-Performing Schools: Schools that achieve at least the 85th percentile statewide in the percent of students scoring proficient or advanced in English-language arts and mathematics on the state assessments. Schools nominated in this category may or may not have at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Exemplary Improving Schools: Schools with at least 40 percent of their students from a disadvantaged background that are also among the top 10 percent of schools in the state showing the greatest improvement in the percent of students scoring proficient or advanced in ELA and mathematics on the state assessments over the last five years.

To be eligible for preliminary nomination for the 2012 award, a school must have made the federal goals as outlined in Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in 2011 and 2010 and also made its state Academic Performance Index (API) targets (school-wide and for all numerically significant student groups) in 2011 and 2010.

For final nomination as a 2012 BRSP, a school must meet all of its 2012 API and AYP targets, including those for the school overall and for all numerically significant student groups. The final nomination check is completed in August/September of 2012.

Based on student population, California may nominate up to 35 schools each year.

"These schools all share a deep commitment to the education and well-being of their students," said Torlakson. "We've recognized them on the state level, and now I hope their outstanding work and remarkable progress will be further spotlighted nationally."

For more information, please visit http://www.cde.ca.gov.

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