The federally funded National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors schools that:
- are models of excellence and equity,
- demonstrate a strong commitment to educational excellence for all students, and
- achieve high academic standards or have shown significant academic improvement over five years.
Elementary and secondary schools are honored in alternate program years. The program recognizes schools in two categories:
- First are those that have at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds and have dramatically improved student performance to high levels in reading (language arts or English) and mathematics on state assessments or assessments referenced against national norms in at least the last grade tested.
- Second are schools, regardless of their demographics, that are in the top 10 percent of schools in the state as measured by state tests of reading (language arts or English) and mathematics or that score in the top 10 percent in the state on assessments referenced against national norms at a particular grade in at least the last grade tested.
The NJ Commissioner of Education nominates public schools that meet those criteria for recognition. Each state is assigned a number of possible schools based on the number of students and the number of schools in the state.
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For further information, please contact:
Office of Academic and Professional Standards, 609-984-5322