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13 MI Schools, 1 local, recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools

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13 Michigan schools have been recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2015 based on their overall academic excellence or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. One of them is right here in Mid-Michigan.


In a video message, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recognized the acomplishments and hard work that went into the recognition.

“Your journey has taught you collaboration, intentional instruction, and strong relationships in school and with your community. You represent excellence—in vision, in implementation, and in results—and we want to learn as much as we can from you,” said Duncan.

The Department will honor 285 public and 50 private schools at a recognition ceremony on Nov. 9-10 in Washington, D.C.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students either achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap.

All schools are recognizes in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, subgroup student scores and graduation rates:

  • Exemplary High Performing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests. Student subgroup performance and high school graduation rates are also at the highest levels.
  • Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s subgroups and all students over the past five years. Student subgroup performance and high school graduation rates for each subgroup are at high levels.

Some of the recognized schools from Michigan are:

  • Byron Center, Brown Elementary School
  • Jenison, Bursley Elementary School
  • Midland, Chestnut Hill Elementary School
  • Bloomfield Hills, Eastover Elementary School
  • Hudsonville, Forest Grove Elementary School
  • Marshall, Gordon Elementary School
  • Ann Arbor, James B. Angell Elementary School

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