Jan 17, 2012 1:41 PM by KXLH
Three Montana schools have been nominated for the 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools Award.
The schools are Lincoln Elementary School in Great Falls; Columbus High School in Columbus; Montana City Elementary School in Montana City.
Denise Juneau, the MT Superintendent of Public Instruction, announced the nominees on Tuesday.
Juneau explained that the Blue Ribbon Schools program honors elementary and secondary schools that made significant progress in closing the achievement gap or whose students achieve at very high levels.
All three of the nominated Montana schools are in the Exemplary High Performing School category.
"High performing" means (a) that the achievement of the school's students in the most recent year tested places the school among the highest performing schools in the state on state assessments of reading and mathematics, and (b) disaggregated results for student subgroups, including students from disadvantaged backgrounds, must be similar to the results for all students tested.
Juneau said, "We nominated these great Montana schools and communities to serve as national models based upon their success. I am very proud of these schools as they reflect our statewide commitment to providing every child in Montana with a quality education."
National Blue Ribbon School Awards will be announced in September of this year.