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Snowville named 2013 National Blue Ribbon School

Snowville Elementary faculty, staff and students found out during a special assembly that U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan had recognized Snowville as a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School. The announcement was made live via a broadcast on the department’s USTREAM channel.

The award is based on the school’s overall academic excellence. It is one of 10 Virginia schools to receive the award as well as one of 263 public schools in the nation to do so.

This isn’t Snowville’s first award in 2013. In March of this year, the school received the Virginia Board of Excellence Award, for meeting all state and federal accountability benchmarks for at least two consecutive years, and making significant progress toward goals for increased student achievement and expanded educational opportunities set by the State Board of Education.

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.

The Department will honor 236 public and 50 private schools at a recognition ceremony and conference Nov. 18-19 in Washington, D.C. In its 31-year history, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this award on almost 7,500 of America’s schools.

“Excellence in education matters and we should honor the schools that are leading the way to prepare students for success in college and careers,” said Secretary Duncan. “National Blue Ribbon schools represent examples of educational excellence, and their work reflects the belief that every child in America deserves a world-class education.”

“The Pulaski County School Board is proud of our Snowville faculty, staff, students, and the entire Snowville community,” said Pulaski County School Board Chair Michael Barbour. “The National Blue Ribbon award is the reward for the hard work and excellence demonstrated there daily.”

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