2 East Tenn. schools recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools

2 East Tennessee schools recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools

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NASHVILLE (WATE) - Two East Tennessee schools are among six in the state recognized as 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools.

The award, presented by the U.S. Department of Education, honors public and private schools whose students maintain high academic goals that work toward closing achievement gaps.

"This is an outstanding accomplishment that took effort from students, teachers, administrators and parents," said Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman. "It is so important for us to recognize the good work that goes on in Tennessee schools and try to replicate that success."  

The 269 winning schools nationwide will receive $2,500 and recognition during a ceremony in Washington, D.C. in November.

Tennessee's National Blue Ribbon Schools are:

  • Cascade Elementary: Bedford County Schools, Principal Paulette Bond
  • E.E. Jeter Elementary: Shelby County Schools, Principal Martha Fisher
  • Glenwood Elementary: Oak Ridge Schools, Principal Pearl Goins
  • John Hay Elementary: Hamblen County Schools, Principal Matthew Drinnon
  • Merrol Hyde Magnet School: Sumner County, Principal Brad Schreiner
  • The Discovery School at Reeves Rogers: Murfreesboro, Principal Linda Clark

The National Blue Ribbon Schools program recognizes schools in one of two categories. The first is "Exemplary High Performing," in which schools are recognized among their state's highest-performing schools, as measured by state assessments or tests of national norms.

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 tests of national norms.  

Each of Tennessee's winners were recognized as Exemplary High Performing schools.

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