Three DPS Schools Receive National Blue Ribbon School Awards
U.S. Department of Education’s Awards Given to Most Successful Schools in America
Denver – Three Denver Public Schools (DPS) schools, Bradley International School, DSST: Byers Middle School and Slavens K-8 School, received national honors through the U.S. Department of Education’s National Blue Ribbon Schools Award. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program sets a standard of excellence for all schools striving for the highest level of achievement. Of just five statewide winners, three are DPS schools.
“This award is given only to the very best education programs in the nation. Bradley International School, DSST: Byers Middle School and Slavens K-8 School have proven yet again that Denver Public Schools is a great place for students to learn and grow,” said Superintendent Susana Cordova. “This is a true testament to the hard work of our amazing, creative and hard-working students, educators, families and community members. Congratulations to them all for achieving this prestigious honor.”
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes schools with students who achieve at very high levels or schools that make significant progress in closing the achievement gap. The program sets a standard of excellence for all schools striving for the highest level of achievement. Schools are eligible for the recognition if they meet either one of two criteria:
The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) submits to the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) the names of schools that meet the National Blue Ribbon Schools criteria. The CDE also honored more than 30 DPS schools based on their performance across key performance indicators that best reflect student academic success: academic achievement, academic growth, reducing academic growth gaps, and postsecondary and workforce readiness:
The Colorado Centers of Excellence Award: Honors public schools in the state that enroll a student population of which at least 75% are at-risk pupils and that demonstrate the highest rates of student longitudinal growth, as measured by the Colorado Growth Model.
The Colorado Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award: Given to schools that demonstrate exceptional student growth.
The John Irwin Schools of Excellence Award: Given to schools that demonstrate exceptional academic achievement over time.
The High School Academic Growth Award: Recognize high schools that demonstrate the highest levels of students’ academic growth in reading writing and math, within each classification used by the statewide association for high school activities for the sport of football.
National Blue Ribbon Schools are honored each year at a recognition ceremony in Washington, DC. This year’s event takes place on Nov. 14 – 15. The list of all 362 national award winners can be found on the USDE’s web site.