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Published September 25, 2013, 10:09 AM

2013 Blue Ribbon Schools announced, 3 North Dakota schools selected

Bismarck, ND— Three North Dakota schools are included in the 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools, according to State Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler.

Bismarck, ND— Three North Dakota schools are included in the 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools, according to State Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler.

“Blue Ribbon Schools are selected based on overall academic excellence or progress in improving student academic achievement,” Baesler said. “I am proud that Edgeley Public School, William S. Gussner Elementary School in Jamestown, and Wyndmere Elementary School are among the schools to be recognized for this prestigious national honor.”

The National Blue Ribbon Schools award recognizes schools in one of two categories: Exemplary High Performing or Exemplary Improving. To be considered as an Exemplary Improving school, the school must demonstrate that at least 40 percent of the school’s students are from disadvantaged backgrounds and also show the most progress in improvement in student achievement levels as measured by state assessments or nationally-normed tests. Schools considered for both categories of the award are measured against other schools within their respective states.

The selected schools were announced by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and will be formally recognized at a ceremony November 18-19 in Washington, D.C. This year, 236 public and 50 private schools were selected. Nearly 7,500 schools nationwide have been honored as National Blue Ribbon Schools the program’s 31-year history. A list of all 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools is available at the website linked here.

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