Posted on December 22, 2018
The Baltimore Sun reported that six Maryland schools have been awarded the State’s Blue Ribbon Honor.
The Blue Ribbon School program was started by Secretary of Education Terrel H. Bell in 1982. It was designed to shine a spotlight on the nation’s best schools. It rewards high performing schools, schools who’ve shown significant improvement in performance, and schools who’ve reduced the achievement gap among disadvantaged students.
Each year Maryland identifies six high performing schools. They receive a Maryland Blue Ribbon School flag, a significant monetary prize, 1,000 dollars worth of school supplies, new interactive technology and a special celebration for their school. The House of Delegates and Senate will hold a special celebratory dinner for the winners, March 11th of 2019.
The Maryland nominees will then compete on the national level, where the US Department of Education announces winners in the fall. Last fall, the 2017-2018 Maryland Blue Ribbon nominees were all recognized on the national level. Those schools were:
Governor Larry Hogan announced the six winners of this year’s MD Blue Ribbon Program last Tuesday in a press conference last Tuesday. They are
- Pinewood Elementary (Baltimore County)
This is Clarksville Middle’s second Blue Ribbon award, having been nominated in 2005-2006. This year they were awarded 5 out of 5 stars in the state’s assessment this year.
“I’m incredibly proud of Clarksville Middle School and its staff for earning a Maryland Blue Ribbon award for a second time.” Howard County Superintendent said in a statement following the award.
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