Announces 2004 No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Schools
U.S. Department of Education, October 15, 2004
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More than 250 of
the nation's schools have been named 2004 No Child Left Behind
Blue Ribbon Schools, U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige
announced last month.
The No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Schools program recognizes
schools that are either academically superior in their states or
demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement.
"For years, many of our underprivileged children were ignored
and pre-judged, moved to the back of the room and quietly pushed
through the system, with their scores hidden in averages,"
Secretary Paige said. "So we must change our approach,
incentives and expectations. We must foster a climate of
academic excellence, enabling all students to reach the highest
levels of scholarship."
The schools are selected based on one of three criteria:
Schools with at
least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged
backgrounds that dramatically improve student performance on
state tests, as determined by the chief state school officer;
students, regardless of background, achieve in the top 10
percent on state tests; and
that achieve in the top 10 percent in the nation.
Under No Child
Left Behind, schools must make adequate yearly progress (AYP) in
reading/language arts and mathematics, as evidenced by state
assessments. Each state sets its own academic standards and
benchmark goals for AYP, deciding the criteria most appropriate
for its school districts.
A complete list of this year's Blue Ribbon Schools is available
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