State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi this week approved six Oklahoma schools to be nominated as 2012 Blue Ribbon Schools. She also recognized 13 schools as Academic Achievement Award Schools, accompanied by checks ranging from more than $61,000 to almost $25,000. And she recognized three schools as Distinguished Award Schools, two at the national level and one at the state level.
“I’m proud of the hard work by the students and the educators in each of these schools,” Barresi said. “These nominations and awards show these schools have reached a high level of academic achievement and are models of excellence for other schools in the state and the nation.”
Blue Ribbon Schools are nominated in two categories: high-performing schools have to perform in the top 15 percent of state standards assessments; dramatically improving schools are those that have narrowed gaps between subgroups such as English language learners, minority or special education students and regular students.
Once schools are nominated they must be willing to go through an intensive application process with the national Blue Ribbon office. The final criterion is a school must make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). Blue Ribbon Schools are announced by the U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, usually in September.
Blue Ribbon Schools do not receive a monetary award but are recognized for effective teaching, said Gloria Bayouth, Executive Director of federal programs at the Oklahoma State Department of Education.
“They serve as model schools in the state and nation for continuous instruction and success of students,” Bayouth said.
Academic Achievement Award Schools are those that have shown continuous growth in AYP for two or more years in math and reading or in the individual subjects, or they have narrowed the achievement gap between all subgroups in these subjects. These schools also must be Title I schools with at least 75 percent of the students qualifying for free or reduced lunch. Federal Title I funds are given to the schools to be used for instructional purposes or to enhance academic programs.
Distinguished Schools also have shown continued growth in AYP for two years or have significantly closed the achievement gaps between subgroups. Two of the state’s distinguished schools will be recognized at the national Title 1 conference at the end of January. The national recognition also garners $30,000 for each school. A third distinguished school is recognized at the state level, receiving more than $21,000. Incentive money can be used for professional development.
2012 Blue Ribbon School nominees
(school, district, category)
Hoover Elementary School, Enid, dramatically improving
Hulbert Elementary School, Hulbert, dramatically improving
KIPP Reach College Preparatory, Oklahoma City, high-performing
Pratt Elementary School, Sand Springs, high-performing
Santa Fe High School, Edmond, high-performing
Waurika Elementary School, Waurika, high-performing
2012 Academic Achievement Award Schools
(school, district, amount of award)
Battiest Elementary School, Battiest, $24,790
Eastside Elementary School, Sallisaw, $55,600
Emerson Elementary School, Duncan, $43,660
Epperly Heights Elementary School, Midwest City-Del City, $60,405
Newkirk Elementary School, Newkirk, $32,780
Rector Johnson Middle School, Broken Bow, $46,420
Robertson Elementary School, Tulsa, $43,405
Rollingwood Elementary School, Putnam City, $50,120
Vian Middle School, Vian, $37,060.00
Wapanucka Elementary School, Wapanucka, $29,050
Western Oaks Middle School, Putnam City, $61,425
William R. Teague Elementary School, Wagoner, $49,120
Wright City Elementary School, Wright City, $36,970
2011 National Distinguished School Awards
(school, district, amount of award)
Garfield Elementary School, Ponca City, $30,000
Glencoe Elementary School, Glencoe, $30,000
2011 State Distinguished School Award
Salk Elementary School, Tulsa, $21,391