COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education
September 11, 2009
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction
The purpose of this memorandum is to announce an opportunity for recognition of certain schools in the Commonwealth of Virginia through the United States Department of Education's No Child Left Behind (NCLB) 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 one of two eligibility criteria:
If you would like the VDOE to consider a school from your division as a 2009-2010 No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon nominee from Virginia, please send an e-mail indicating the name of the school to Selena.McBride@doe.virginia.gov by Friday, October 2, 2009. Please include the wording "Blue Ribbon Schools" in the subject of the e-mail. The VDOE will select nominees based on the eligibility criteria required by the United States Department of Education. Please note also that priority selection of "finalist" schools by the department will be based on those schools or school divisions that have not been nominated in the past. The department's goal is to ensure equity throughout the state whenever possible.
For questions regarding the NCLB Blue Ribbon Schools Recognition Program, please contact Mary Whitley, accreditation specialist, at (804) 225-3122 or by e-mail to Mary.Whitley@doe.virginia.gov, or Selena McBride, data management specialist, at (804) 371-4989 or by e-mail to Selena.McBride@doe.virginia.gov.