Johnson City school named a Blue Ribbon School

Published 9:40 am Thursday, September 21, 2023

The U.S. Department of Education has recognized 353 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2023, including six schools in Tennessee. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups on assessments.
The Tennessee schools named as National Blue Ribbon Schools were:
– Brentwood – Brentwood Middle School, Williamson County Schools.
– Clarksville – Middle College at Austin Peay State University, Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools.
– Collierville – Crosswind Elementary School, Collierville Schools.
– Johnson City – Fairmont Elementary School, Johnson City Schools.
– Oak Ridge – Linden Elementary School, Oak Ridge Schools.
– Signal Mountain – Nolan Elementary School, Hamilton County Schools.
“The honorees for our 2023 National Blue Ribbon Schools Award have set a national example for what it means to Raise the Bar in education,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. “The leaders, educators, and staff at our National Blue Ribbon Schools continually inspire me with their dedication to fostering academic excellence and building positive school cultures that support students of all backgrounds to thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. As the Biden-Harris administration partners with states and schools to accelerate academic success and transform educational opportunity in this country, we take tremendous pride in the achievements of these schools and their commitment to empowering educators, serving students, and engaging families.” 
With its 40th cohort, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed approximately 10,000 awards to more than 9,700 schools. The National Blue Ribbon School award affirms and validates the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in striving for – and attaining – exemplary achievement. National Blue Ribbon Schools represent the full diversity of American schools and serve students of every background. 
While awardee schools represent the diverse fabric of American schools, they also share some core elements. National Blue Ribbon School leaders articulate a vision of excellence and hold everyone to high standards. They demonstrate effective and innovative teaching and learning, and the schools value and support teachers and staff through meaningful professional learning. Data from many sources are used to drive instruction and every student strives for success. Families, communities, and educators work together toward common goals. 
National Blue Ribbon Schools serve as models of effective and innovative school practices for state and district educators and other schools throughout the nation. A National Blue Ribbon School flag gracing a school’s entryway or on a flagpole is a widely recognized symbol of exemplary teaching and learning. 

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