COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P.O. BOX 2120
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 197
September 14, 2007
Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
United States Department of Educations No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Schools Recognition Program
The purpose of this memorandum is to announce an opportunity for recognition of certain schools in the Commonwealth through the United States Department of Educations No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Schools Recognition Program. The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) encourages school divisions to nominate eligible schools according to the criteria.
The Blue Ribbon Schools Recognition Program honors elementary and secondary schools that have made significant progress in closing the achievement gap or schools that have students achieving at the highest levels. This program recognizes and presents elementary and secondary schools as models that meet at least one of the following criteria:
1) achieving at the highest levels in reading and
mathematics on state assessments and have 40
percent or more of their students from
2) dramatically improving student performance; or
3) achieving in the top 10 percent in reading and
mathematics on state tests, regardless of
If you would like the VDOE to consider
a school from your division as a 2007-2008 No Child Left Behind
Blue Ribbon nominee from
For questions regarding the No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Schools Recognition Program, please contact Kathleen Smith, director, Office of School Improvement, at (804) 225-2865 or by e-mail to Kathleen.Smith@doe.virginia.gov, or Mia Gomes, school improvement specialist, at (804) 225-2657 or by e-mail to Mia.Gomes@doe.virginia.gov.