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Bridges4Kids LogoPaige 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:

  1. 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;

  2. Schools whose students, regardless of background, achieve in the top 10 percent on state tests; and

  3. Private schools 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 at


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