MOORE — Last week, Wayland Bonds Elementary School and Moore Public Schools were named 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education.
“My heartiest congratulations on this great honor to the students, teachers and principals of these schools. Being named a Blue Ribbon School means these schools have demonstrated that student achievement for all students is a top priority. The parents and families of the children attending these schools also are to be congratulated. The entire school community has come together and focused on providing students with the best in educational opportunities. I encourage their districts and communities to celebrate this award of excellence at every opportunity,” said Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi.
Along with their fellow Blue Ribbon Schools from across the country, representatives from these schools will be recognized Nov. 18 and Nov. 19 in Washington, D.C. The National Blue Ribbon Schools award honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students’ levels of achievement.
The program recognizes schools in one of two performance categories. The first category is “Exemplary High Performing,” in which schools are recognized among their state’s highest performing schools, as measured by state assessments or nationally-normed tests. The second category is “Exemplary Improving,” in which schools that have at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds demonstrate the most progress in improving student achievement levels as measured by state assessments or nationally-normed tests.