September 13, 2008

Signature School Earns Blue Ribbon

By JOHN MARTIN Courier & Press staff writer 464-7594 or [email protected]

Signature School is among eight schools in Indiana to receive the National Blue Ribbon Award from the U.S. Department of Education.

No Child Left Behind-Blue Ribbon Schools awards honor K-12 schools that either make significant gains in closing the achievement gap or demonstrate academic superiority in their states.

Blue Ribbon schools are selected based on one of two criteria, those with at least 40 percent of disadvantaged students that dramatically have improved student achievement, or schools in the top 10 percent of the state with fewer than 40 percent of disadvantaged students.

Signature's award was based on the second criterion.

Other winners in that category were Centerton Elementary School in Martinsville; Christ the King School in South Bend; Hazel Dell Elementary School in Noblesville; and Union Township Middle School in Valparaiso.

Schools who won Blue Ribbon Awards based on the first criterion were Liberty Park Elementary School in Indianapolis; Rousseau McClellan School 91 in Indianapolis; and St. Casimir School in Hammond.

"Earning the national Blue Ribbon honor is a fitting tribute to the ongoing efforts of the Hoosier students and educators at these schools," Superintendent for Public Instruction Suellen Reed said.

All winners will be honored at an awards ceremony hosted by Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings on Oct. 20-21 in Washington, D.C.

The complete list of 2008 Blue Ribbon Schools is available online at grams/nclbbrs/awards.html.

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