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Valdez Named National Blue Ribbon School

Oct. 2, 2017
Valdez Elementary Students
Valdez Elementary has demonstrated academic excellence and progress in closing the achievement gap.

Valdez Elementary was selected as one of five Colorado schools that were named National Blue Ribbon Schools this year. National Blue Ribbon Schools demonstrate that all students can achieve at high levels. The award is based on a school’s overall academic excellence or marked progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. Valdez’ performance category is “Exemplary High Performing.”

All schools are honored in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores and subgroup scores on state assessments or nationally normed tests, as well as graduation rates:

  • “Exemplary High Performing,” in which schools are recognized as high performing, measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.
  • “Exemplary Improving,” in which schools that have at least 40% of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds demonstrate the most progress in improving student achievement levels, measured by state assessments or nationally-normed tests.

Located in Northwest Denver, Valdez is a DPS Dual Language school serving students in ECE through fifth grade.

“We are so proud of the accomplishments we have made as Valdez students and educators,” said longtime second-grade Valdez teacher, Maureen Traylor. “The Blue Ribbon Award is an outward sign that the work we put in day-in and day-out is making a difference. We are on the right track and will continue the momentum toward success.”

Valdez received this honor along with 292 public and 50 private schools nationwide. In its 35-year history, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has awarded close to 8,500 outstanding schools. On Nov. 6-7, the U.S. Department of Education will celebrate with the honorees at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C..

“Congratulations to these schools, their staff, their students and families for this well-deserved recognition,” said Colorado Commissioner of Education, Katy Anthes. “I am so proud of their dedication and tireless efforts to help every student succeed.”

Learn more about the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program here.