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 Four County Schools Nominated for National Blue Ribbon Schools Program Award

​State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today the nomination of four local public schools for the coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools Program award. Congratulations to Kearny International business (San Diego Unified), Ocean Air (Del Mar Union Elementary), Torrey Pines Elementary (San Diego Unified), and Standley Middle (San Diego Unified). The schools are among only 35 statewide to be nominated.

“I applaud the principals, teachers, staff, and families whose commitment to learning has led to success in the classroom,” Torlakson said. “Schools nominated for this significant recognition are performing at very high levels or are making impressive strides in student progress under challenging circumstances.”

Schools are eligible to be considered for the 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools Program if they meet either one of two performance criteria:

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.

For additional information on Blue Ribbon Schools Program eligibility requirements, please go to the California
Department of Education Web site at:
http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/sr/br/.

Based on student population, California may nominate up to 35 qualified schools each year. Blue Ribbon winners are usually announced in September.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program is part of a larger U.S. Department of Education effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about best school leadership and teaching practices.

For more information on the federal program, please visit: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/nclbbrs/awards.html