COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education
November 2, 2012
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 National Blue Ribbon Schools Program. The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) encourages school divisions to nominate eligible schools according to the criteria.
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors elementary and secondary schools whose students achieve at very high levels or schools that make significant progress in closing the achievement gap. This program sets a standard of excellence for all schools striving for the highest level of achievement. Schools are eligible for National Blue Ribbon recognition if they meet either one of two criteria:
Due to the Virginia Board of Education modifying its school accountability procedures in accordance with the United States Department of Education-approved flexibility waiver application, Virginia schools can meet the National Blue Ribbon program Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) requirement by making AYP in 2011-2012 and/or by meeting the state's new Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs) for all student subgroups in 2012-2013.
Additional information is available on the United States Department of Education’s National Blue Ribbon School Program Web site at http://www2.ed.gov/programs/nclbbrs/index.html.
If you would like the VDOE to consider a school from your division as a 2013 National Blue Ribbon nominee from Virginia, please send an e-mail indicating the name of the school to Selena.McBride@doe.virginia.gov by Friday, November 16, 2012.
Please include the wording "National 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 National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, please contact Selena McBride, grants and reports manager, at (804) 371-4989 or by e-mail to Selena.McBride@doe.virginia.gov, or Dr. Susan FitzPatrick, grants and reports manager, at (804) 225-2897 or by e-mail to Susan.FitzPatrick@doe.virginia.gov.