The Blue Ribbon award is given to the top performing schools in each state. Schools that demonstrate academic excellence or schools that show improved achievement in closing educational gaps between minority or disabled students are eligible to receive the award. U.S. Education Secretary, Arne Duncan, announced the 286 winners of the National Blue Ribbon Award on Tuesday, September 24, 2013. Arkansas News reports three Arkansas schools are included in those 286 winners.
Bergman Elementary School in the Bergman School District, Central Park-Morning Star Elementary School in the Bentonville School District, and Ellen Smith Elementary School in the Conway School District will be honored in Washington, D.C. on November 18 and 19. All three schools received the Exemplary High Performing Designation. These schools had test scores in the top 15 percent of the state.
Arkansas Education Commissioner, Tom Kimbrel, said that these schools serve as statewide models of success. All public and private schools are eligible to compete in the National Blue Ribbon Schools.
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